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A directory of world famous physicians and their comprehensive biographies.

Physicians or doctors have always been a very respected and revered group of people. The reasons for this are quite obvious; they have always been the healers and the voice of the necessity for good health. Due to the advancements in the understanding of medicine, physicians are generally categorized under various specialties like cardiologists, radiologists, internal medicine, surgeons and many more. These, however, are not the only classification of doctors. There are medical practitioners who practice traditional methods of healing; methods like Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine. The science of medicine has seen great advancements in the past and even more so in recent times; all of which have been the result of the work of some dedicated people. A list of such people would include names like Frederick Banting, who was famous for his work with insulin, Elizabeth Blackwell, she was the first woman in the US to get a medical degree and laid the foundation for the entry of women into medicine and Harvey Cushing, a neurosurgeon who is widely accepted as the father of brain surgery in its current form. The following is a list of the biographies, including trivia, timelines and the life stories, of many such men and women.
Adrian Kantrowitz Adrian Kantrowitz
(American)

Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz was an eminent surgeon and ...

Alfred Adler Alfred Adler
(Austrian)

Alfred Adler was a renowned physician and ...

Alfred Blalock Alfred Blalock
(American)

A personality of great stature and repute, Alfred ...

Andreas Vesalius Andreas Vesalius
(Belgian)

Andreas Vesalius was a 16th century Flemish ...

Andrew Taylor Still Andrew Taylor Still
(American)

Andrew spent most of his childhood in the ...

Anna Comnena Anna Comnena
(Greek)

Anna Comnena was a Greek princess and scholar who ...

Anna Howard Shaw Anna Howard Shaw
(American)

Anna Howard Shaw was an American physician and a ...

Arthur Keith Arthur Keith
(Welsh)

Arthur Keith was a distinguished Scottish ...

Barry Marshall Barry Marshall
(Australian)

A Nobel Prize laureate, Barry James Marshall is ...

Ben Carson Ben Carson
(American)

Ben Carson, now a retired American neurosurgeon ...

Benjamin Rush Benjamin Rush
(American)

Benjamin Rush was one of the major political ...

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock

Benjamin McLane Spock was an American ...

Carl Jung Carl Jung
(Swiss)

Carl Gustav Jung was a famous psychiatrist and ...

Carlo Urbani Carlo Urbani
(Italian)

Italian epidemiologist Carlo Urbani was the first ...

Charles Best Charles Best
(Canadian,American)

Charles Herbert Best was an American-Canadian ...

Charles Horace Mayo Charles Horace Mayo
(American)

Charles Horace Mayo was a famous, American ...

Charles R. Drew Charles R. Drew
(American)

Charles Richard Drew was a famous American ...

Christiaan Barnard Christiaan Barnard
(South African)

It was on the historical third day of December in ...

Christiaan Eijkman Christiaan Eijkman
(Dutch)

A renowned Dutch physician and a Nobel Prize ...

Cicely Saunders Cicely Saunders
(British)

Cicely Saunders was a renowned nurse, physician ...

Clarence Walton Lillehei Clarence Walton Lillehei
(American)

A pioneer in open heart surgery, Clarence Walton ...

Cyril Clarke Cyril Clarke
(British)

Sir Cyril Astley Clarke was a British physicist ...

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek Daniel Carleton Gajdusek
(American)

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek was a famous physician ...

Denton Cooley Denton Cooley
(American)

American cardiologist Denton Cooley is the ...

Edward Jenner Edward Jenner
(British)

Edward Jenner is a physician who continues to be ...

Elizabeth Blackwell Elizabeth Blackwell
(American)

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to ...

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Elizabeth Garrett Anderso...
(British)

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a 19th century ...

Erik Erikson Erik Erikson
(German,British)

Erik Homburger Erikson was a German-born American ...

Fred Hollows Fred Hollows
(New Zealander)

Fred Hollows was an Australian ophthalmologist ...

Frederick Banting Frederick Banting
(Canadian)

Frederick Banting is a fabled name in the sphere ...

Galen Galen
(Greek)

Galen was an ancient Greek physician and surgeon ...

George Richards Minot George Richards Minot
(American)

George Richards Minot was a famous American ...

Girolamo Fracastoro Girolamo Fracastoro
(Italian)

Girolamo Fracastoro was a prominent Italian ...

Guy De Chauliac Guy De Chauliac
(French)

Guy de Chauliac was a popular surgeon of the ...

Hans Asperger Hans Asperger
(Austrian)

Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger identified ...

Hans Eysenck Hans Eysenck
(German)

Hans Eysenck was a German born prominent ...

Harvey Williams Cushing Harvey Williams Cushing
(American)

Dr. Harvey Cushing was given the title of the ...

Havelock Ellis Havelock Ellis
(British)

Henry Havelock Ellis, better known as Havelock ...

Henry Faulds Henry Faulds
(British)

Henry Faulds was a Scottish physician, missionary ...

Henry Gray Henry Gray
(British)

Henry Gray is still remembered for his pioneering ...

Hermann Rorschach Hermann Rorschach
(Swiss)

The Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach is ...

Hermann von Helmholtz Hermann von Helmholtz
(German)

Hermann von Helmholtz was a German physician and ...

Hippocrates Hippocrates
(Greek)

Hippocrates was a Greek physician of the ...

Howard Florey Howard Florey
(Australian)

Though Sir Alexander Fleming is credited with the ...

Ian Frazer Ian Frazer
(Australian)

A Scottish-born Australian scientist, Ian Frazer ...

Immanuel Velikovsky Immanuel Velikovsky
(Israeli)

Immanuel Velikovsky was a Russian-Jewish ...

Ivan Pavlov Ivan Pavlov
(Russian)

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist famous for ...

Jack Kevorkian Jack Kevorkian
(American)

Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian was an American ...

James Paget James Paget
(British)

Sir James Paget was a famous British surgeon and ...

James Parkinson James Parkinson
(British)

James Parkinson was an English surgeon who ...

Janet Lane-Claypon Janet Lane-Claypon
(British)

Janet Lane-Claypon is known as one of the ...

Jean Piaget Jean Piaget
(Swiss)

Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist and ...

Jean-Martin Charcot Jean-Martin Charcot
(French)

Considered as the ‘Napoleon of ...

John Locke John Locke
(British)

John Locke was a 17th century English philosopher ...

Jose Rizal Jose Rizal
(Filipino)

Hailed as the greatest national hero of the ...

Joseph Lister Joseph Lister
(British)

Joseph Lister was a British surgeon who was the ...

Ludvig Puusepp Ludvig Puusepp
(Estonian)

Estonian scientist Ludvig Puusepp is recognized ...

Lyman Hall Lyman Hall
(American)

Lyman Hall was an American physician and ...

Mae Jemison Mae Jemison
(American)

Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and ...

Magdi Yacoub Magdi Yacoub
(Egyptian,British)

Magdi Yacoub is one of the world's most respected ...

Maria Montessori Maria Montessori
(Italian)

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and ...

Mary Edwards Walker Mary Edwards Walker
(American)

Mary Edwards Walker was an American feminist, an ...

Mason Andrews Mason Andrews
(American)

Mason Cooke Andrews, born in Norfolk, was indeed ...

Matthew Thornton Matthew Thornton
(American)

Matthew Thornton was an Irish born American ...

Michael DeBakey Michael DeBakey
(American)

A pioneer in surgery, American cardiovascular ...

Norman Bethune Norman Bethune
(Canadian)

Norman Bethune was a great physician who ...

Orvan Hess Orvan Hess
(American)

Orvan Walter Hess was an American obstetrician ...

Paracelsus Paracelsus
(German)

Paracelsus was a renowned German physician born ...

Patch Adams Patch Adams
(American)

Patch Adams is an American physician, clown and a ...

Paul Farmer Paul Farmer
(American)

Paul Edward Farmer is an anthropologist and ...

Paul Tournier Paul Tournier
(Swiss)

Paul Tournier was a Swiss physician and author; ...

Peter Mark Roget Peter Mark Roget
(British)

Peter Mark Roget was an English physician, ...

R. D. Laing R. D. Laing
(Scottish,Welsh)

Ronald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist ...

René Gerónimo Favaloro René Gerónimo Favaloro...
(Argentine)

An eminent cardiac surgeon from Argentina, Dr. ...

René Laennec René Laennec
(French)

Known as the father of clinical auscultation, ...

Richard Lower Richard Lower
(British)

A pioneer of many ground-breaking concepts in ...

Robert Winston Robert Winston
(British)

Robert Winston is arguably one of the most ...

Robin Warren Robin Warren
(Australian)

Australian pathologist and Nobel Laureate, Robin ...

Roger Bannister Roger Bannister
(British)

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is a former ...

Ron Paul Ron Paul
(American)

Ronald Ernest “Ron” Paul is a physician ...

Ronald Ross Ronald Ross
(British)

Sir Ronald Ross was a renowned British physician, ...

Rudolf Virchow Rudolf Virchow
(German)

Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow, a prominent ...

Salvador Mazza Salvador Mazza
(Argentine)

Salvador Mazza was an eminent Argentinean ...

Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud
(Austrian)

Regarded as one of the ‘most important thinkers ...

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(British,Scottish)

Arthur Conan Doyle is the widely read Scottish ...

Theodor Billroth Theodor Billroth
(Austrian,German)

Christian Albert Theodor Billroth is remembered ...

Theodor Kocher Theodor Kocher
(Swiss)

Emil Theodor Kocher was the first surgeon to ...

Thomas Willis Thomas Willis
(British)

Thomas Willis was a renowned physician who made ...

Upendranath Brahmachari Upendranath Brahmachari
(Indian)

Rai Bahadur Sir Upendranath Brahmachari was a ...

Victor Chang Victor Chang
(Australian)

Dr Victor Chang was a renowned cardiac surgeon ...

Virginia Apgar Virginia Apgar
(American)

Virginia Apgar challenged and reformed the face ...

William Harvey William Harvey
(British)

Most people are fascinated with how the blood ...

William James Mayo William James Mayo
(American)

William James Mayo was a renowned physician and ...

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