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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.
Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
Abraham Maslow was a renowned psychologist whose biggest contribution to the field of psychology is the Maslow’s Need Hierarchy theory. He ...
Alfred Adler Alfred Adler
Alfred Adler was a renowned physician and psychotherapist who contributed greatly to the field of human psychology. He is the founder of the ...
Alfred BlalockAlfred Blalock
A personality of great stature and repute, Alfred Blalock was an American surgeon who went on to defy all norms and customs of medical science. ...
B. F. SkinnerB. F. Skinner
Burrhus Frederic “B.F.” Skinner was a psychologist and social philosopher considered to be a pioneer in the field of behaviorism. He founded a ...
Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence ...
Carl JungCarl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung was a famous psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded the school of analytical psychology. He was a multifaceted ...
Carlo UrbaniCarlo Urbani
Italian epidemiologist Carlo Urbani was the first person who identified SARS as a highly contagious disease. He worked as an infectious disease ...
Charles Best Charles Best
Charles Herbert Best was an American-Canadian scientist who is remembered as the co-discoverer of insulin, one of the most important milestones ...
Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
Charles Horace Mayo was a famous, American practitioner and surgeon. He specialized in cataract and goiter operations. One of his biggest ...
Charles. R. Drew Charles R. Drew
Charles Richard Drew was a famous American physician, surgeon and medical researcher, who is still remembered for his outstanding innovations ...
Christiaan BarnardChristiaan Barnard
It was on the historical third day of December in the year 1967 when Christiaan Barnard added a new glorious chapter to the pages of medical ...
Christiaan EijkmanChristiaan Eijkman
A renowned Dutch physician and a Nobel Prize winner, Christiaan Eijkman’s research work on beriberi disease resulted in accidental discovery of ...
Cicely SaundersCicely Saunders
Cicely Saunders was a renowned nurse, physician and social worker. She was credited for introducing the idea of “total pain” through which she ...
Daniel Carleton GajdusekDaniel Carleton Gajd...
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek was a famous physician and researcher. He was the first one to provide an elaborate medical description of the ...
Erik EriksonErik Erikson
Erik Homburger Erikson was a German-born American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who pioneered in the world of child psychology by ...
Frederick Banting Frederick Banting
Frederick Banting is a fabled name in the sphere of medicine. Known for his discovery of the wonder drug insulin, he went on to bring laurels ...
George Richards MinotGeorge Richards Mino...
George Richards Minot was a famous American medical researcher. Minot pursued medicine with great passion and became interested in the study of ...
Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro
Girolamo Fracastoro was a prominent Italian physician, poet and scholar in astronomy, mathematics and geography. He propagated the philosophy of ...
Guy De ChauliacGuy De Chauliac
Guy de Chauliac was a popular surgeon of the Early Medieval Period. After completing his Master’s in medicine, he rapidly ascended to the ...
Hans AspergerHans Asperger
Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger identified Asperger’s syndrome as a mental disorder. This disorder is seen especially in children. He, for ...
Hans EysenckHans Eysenck
Hans Eysenck was a German born prominent psychologist who professionally practiced in Great Britain and is considered one of the foremost ...
Harvey Williams CushingHarvey Williams Cush...
Dr. Harvey Cushing was given the title of the father of modern neurological surgery as he earned a worldwide reputation in this field, bringing ...
Henry GrayHenry Gray
Henry Gray is still remembered for his pioneering work ‘Gray’s Anatomy’, the first one of its kind. The book serves as a standard reference to ...
Hermann RorschachHermann Rorschach
The Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach is well-known for developing the projective test, called the Rorschach Inkblot test. He designed a set ...
Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov
Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist famous for his experiments on the digestive system of dogs which led him to discover conditional reflexes ...
Jack KevorkianJack Kevorkian
Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian was an American pathologist who was one of the most persistent advocates of euthanasia or assisted suicide for terminally ...
Janet Lane-ClayponJanet Lane-Claypon
Janet Lane-Claypon is known as one of the earliest physician to have received a DSc, MD and PhD from the London School of Medicine for Women. ...
Jean PiagetJean Piaget
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist and philosopher best known for his work on the cognitive development in children. He identified his field ...
Jean-Martin CharcotJean-Martin Charcot
Considered as the ‘Napoleon of Neuro-Sciences’, Jean-Martin Charcot was one of the select few that went on to make it big in the world of ...
Jose RizalJose Rizal
Hailed as the greatest national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal was a man of strong convictions who sacrificed his life for the nationalist ...
Joseph ListerJoseph Lister
Sir Joseph Lister is a renowned English surgeon who discovered antiseptic surgery. He is distinguished as the ‘Father of Modern Surgery’ for his ...
Mason AndrewsMason Andrews
Mason Cooke Andrews, born in Norfolk, was indeed a man of high standards. With a perfectly set routine for his life, he was able to achieve most ...
Matthew ThorntonMatthew Thornton
Matthew Thornton was an Irish born American physician and legislator who was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in ...
Norman BethuneNorman Bethune
Norman Bethune was a great physician who dedicated his services for the welfare of humanity. His works were focused mainly on the poor in ...
Orvan HessOrvan Hess
Orvan Walter Hess was an American obstetrician and gynecologist, who developed the first, fetal heart monitor. This device allowed the ...
Paracelsus Paracelsus
Paracelsus was a renowned German physician born in Switzerland. His path breaking findings in botany and medicine made him a pioneer in his ...
Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
Paul Edward Farmer is an anthropologist and physician renowned for his efforts to provide the highest quality of medical facilities to ...
René Gerónimo Favaloro René Gerónimo Favalo...
An eminent cardiac surgeon from Argentina, Dr. René Gerónimo Favaloro was the foremost surgeon who successfully conducted coronary heart surgery ...
René Théophile Hyacinthe LaennecRené Laennec
Known as the father of clinical auscultation, René Laennec is considered to be one of the greatest doctors of all times. The introduction of ...
Richard LowerRichard Lower
A pioneer of many ground-breaking concepts in medical science, Richard Lower is regarded as one of the finest physicians Oxford has ever ...
Salvador Mazza Salvador Mazza
Salvador Mazza was an eminent Argentinean epidemiologist and physician. He was widely recognized for his works on ‘American trypanosomiasis’ ...
Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
Regarded as one of the ‘most important thinkers of the last century’, Sigmund Freud is considered the father of ‘psychoanalysis’, who ...
Theodor BillrothTheodor Billroth
Christian Albert Theodor Billroth is remembered as one of the most innovative medical surgeons and educators of 19th century. He was a leading ...
Theodor KocherTheodor Kocher
Emil Theodor Kocher was the first surgeon to initiate the surgery of thyroid gland, hernia and abdomen. He also attained expertise in the ...
Virginia Apgar  Virginia Apgar
Virginia Apgar challenged and reformed the face of medicine forever. As a reputed physician and an anesthesiologist, she went on to bring about ...
William HarveyWilliam Harvey
Most people are fascinated with how the blood circulates through the body. It was this inquisitiveness and fascination of the circulatory system ...
William James MayoWilliam James Mayo
William James Mayo was a renowned physician and surgeon in the United States, and was one of the founding members of the Mayo Clinic with six ...