obverse design : Doctor Ernö Petö, bust, right profile, in uniform
obverse text : "DR.PETÖ.ERNÖ.OPERATEVR.AET.S.XXXII.1918"
reverse design : Aesculapius, naked, walking to left, pursuing, with a whip, Death in the form of a shrouded skeleton carrying an hour
reverse text : "AESKULAP" (vertically arranged at right edge)
It is likely that this elegant portrait medal by Elizabeth von Esseö represents a tribute to the life of Dr Ernö Petö
(and his association with the Austro-Hungarian Army's medical services). The contraction 'AET' in the obverse inscription stands for the
Latin word 'aetatis' meaning 'at the age of', thus it may be inferred from the accompanying Latin numerals that he died in 1918 at the
early age of thirty-two. The reference to Aesculapius, the Roman god of healing or medicine, is a clear reference to Dr Petö's medical