Gilded silver prize medal, awarded to Dr. Ricard of Lyons for his vaccination work in 1871, by Oudine, 1870-1871
Dr Ricard of Lyons, a French doctor, received this gilded silver medal for his vaccination work in 1871. This shows the importance attached to vaccination programmes. In France, smallpox vaccination was not compulsory until 1902 – nearly fifty years after Britain.
The engraving shows a woman holding the new French Republican Constitution establishing the Third Republic of France. The symbols at her feet represent French industry and trade. The medal is engraved with the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, the slogan of the French Revolution in 1789, which established the First Republic.
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