As said by Norman Cousins, “The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.”
Hope is all we need. The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work.
So, let us take a look at the top 10 greatest Physicians of all time:
Born: 460 BC, Kos, Greece
Died: 370 BC, Larissa, Greece
Parents: Praxitela, Heraclides
Children: Thessalus, Draco
Hippocrates of Kos, also known as Hippocrates II, was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine.
2. Andreas Vesalius
Born: 31 December 1514, Brussels, Belgium
Died: 15 October 1564, Zakynthos Island, Greece
Education: University of Paris, Catholic University of Leuven, University of Padua
Parents: Isabel Crabbe, Anders van Wesel
Influenced by: Galen, Jacques Dubois, Jean Fernel
Andreas Vesalius was an anatomist, physician, and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica. Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
Born: 130 AD, Pergamon, Turkey
Died: 210 AD, Rome, Italy
Full name: Claudius Galenus
Parents: Aelius Nicon
Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus, often Anglicized as Galen and better known as Galen of Pergamon, was a prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman Empire.
4. Joseph Lister
Born: 5 April 1827, Upton House, Newham
Died: 10 February 1912, Walmer, United Kingdom
Spouse: Agnes Lister (m. ?–1892)
Parents: Isabella Harris, Joseph Jackson Lister
Education: University of London, University College London
Awards: Copley Medal, Royal Medal, Albert Medal
Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, OM PC PRS, known between 1883 and 1897 as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
5. Edward Jenner
Born: 17 May 1749, Berkeley, United Kingdom
Died: 26 January 1823, Berkeley, United Kingdom
Spouse: Catharine Kingscote (m. 1788–1815)
Education: University of St Andrews (1792), St George’s, University of London (1770–1774)
Parents: Reverend Stephen Jenner, Sarah Jenner
Edward Jenner, FRS was an English physician and scientist who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, the world’s first vaccine. The terms “vaccine” and “vaccination” are derived from Variolae vaccinae, the term devised by Jenner to denote cowpox.
Born: 1493, Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Died: 24 September 1541, Salzburg, Austria
Education: University of Vienna, University of Ferrara, University of Basel
Parents: Elsa Oschner, Wilhelm Bombast von Hohenheim
Paracelsus, born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, was a Swiss German philosopher, physician, botanist, astrologer, and general occultist. He is credited as the founder of toxicology.
7. Jean-Martin Charcot
Born: 29 November 1825, Paris, France
Died: 16 August 1893, Nièvre, France
Education: University of Paris
Children: Jean-Baptiste Charcot
Parents: Simon-Pierre Charcot, Jeanne-Georgette Saussier
Born in Paris, Charcot worked and taught at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital for 33 years. His reputation as an instructor drew students from all over Europe. In 1882, he established a neurology clinic at Salpêtrière, which was the first of its kind in Europe.
8. Elizabeth Blackwell
Born: 3 February 1821, Bristol, United Kingdom
Died: 31 May 1910, Hastings, United Kingdom
Siblings: Emily Blackwell, Samuel Charles Blackwell, more
Education: Geneva Medical College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Bedford College, London
Parents: Hannah Lane Blackwell, Samuel Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell was a British-born physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register.
9. Christiaan Barnard
Born: 8 November 1922, Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: 2 September 2001, Paphos, Cyprus
Books: The second life, Good Life, Good Death, Night season, more
Spouse: Karin Setzkorn (m. 1988–2000), Barbara Zoellner (m. 1970–1982), Aletta Gertruida Louw (m. 1948–1969)
Children: Andre Barnard, Lara Barnard, Frederick Barnard, Armin Barnard, Christiaan Barnard Jr., Deirdre Barnard
Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant.
10. Girolamo Fracastoro
Born: 1478, Verona, Italy
Died: 8 August 1553, Affi, Italy
Education: University of Padua
Books: Fracastoro’s Syphilis, The sinister shepherd and many more.
Girolamo Fracastoro was an Italian physician, poet, and scholar in mathematics, geography and astronomy. Fracastoro subscribed to the philosophy of atomism, and rejected appeals to hidden causes in scientific investigation.
As Seth Berkley once said, “For just a few dollars a dose, vaccines save lives and help reduce poverty. Unlike medical treatment, they provide a lifetime of protection from deadly and debilitating disease. They are safe and effective. They cut health care and treatment costs, reduce the number of hospital visits, and ensure healthier children, families and communities.” And for that we are grateful 🙂1787 Views