Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001) Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a cardiac surgeon from South Africa and was the first doctor to perform a human heart to heart transplant.

Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard -- South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant in His innovative procedure has led to more than lives saved by transplant surgeries.

William Harvey [1578 - 1657] - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Harvey April 1578 – 3 June was an English physician, who described completely and in detail the systemic circulation and properties of blood being pumped to the body by the heart, though earlier writers had provided precursors of the theory.

Dr Stephen Maturin, the ship's surgeon in Patrick O'Brian's Master & Commander series is, to my mind, one of the best doctors in fiction ever created.  The character is imbued with the author's deep knowledge of Sir Joseph Banks while instilled with knowledge gleaned from diaries of ship's surgeons.  The diaries are held in the Greenwich Library.

I've finally decided Paul Bettany should play Nick in my time-travel series. He starts out as a sexy hero, but then. well, read and find out!

Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)  Anatomist

Andreas Vesalius A famous Belgian anatomist, Vesalius is regarded as the father of modern human anatomy.

Christian Albert Theodor Billroth (1829-1894) Dr. Billroth was a German surgeon and an avid musician. He was also regarded as the father of the modern abdominal surgery.

Billroth was a German surgeon and an avid musician. He was also regarded as the father of the modern abdominal surgery.

Charles Scott Sherrington was born on November 27, 1857, at Islington, London. He was the son of James Norton Sherrington, of Caister, Great Yarmouth, who died when Sherrington was a young child. Sherrington's mother later married Dr. Caleb Rose of Ipswich, a good classical scholar and a noted archaeologist, whose interest in the English artists of the Norwich School no doubt gave Sherrington the interest in art that he retained throughout his life. #meded

Charles Scott Sherrington was born on November 27, 1857, at Islington, London. He was the son of James Norton Sherrington, of Caister, Great Yarmouth, who died when Sherrington was a young child. Sherrington's mother later married Dr. Caleb Rose of Ipswich, a good classical scholar and a noted archaeologist, whose interest in the English artists of the Norwich School no doubt gave Sherrington the interest in art that he retained throughout his life. #meded

The Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Abraham Flexner was a prominent figure in American education reform, particularly medical education. #meded

The Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, Abraham Flexner was a prominent figure in American education reform, particularly medical education.

Edward Anthony Jenner, (1749 –1823) was an English physician and scientist from Berkeley, Gloucestershire, who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine. He is often called "the father of immunology", and his work is said to have "saved more lives than the work of any other man".

Edward Anthony Jenner, FRS May 1749 – 26 January was an English physician and scientist from Berkeley, Gloucestershire, who was the pioneer of smallpox vaccine. He is often called "the father of immunology.

Dr. Ian McWhinney was born in Burnley, England in 1926. He attended Cambridge University and St. Bartholomews Hospital Medical School, graduating M.B. B.Chir. from Cambridge in 1949. In 1959 he obtained an M.D. by thesis from Cambridge.    Arguably the most influential driving force for patient-centered approach to general practice. #meded #FMRevolution

Dr. Ian McWhinney was born in Burnley, England in 1926. He attended Cambridge University and St. Bartholomews Hospital Medical School, graduating M.B. B.Chir. from Cambridge in 1949. In 1959 he obtained an M.D. by thesis from Cambridge. Arguably the most influential driving force for patient-centered approach to general practice. #meded #FMRevolution

Big thank to Samuel Shem for celebrating humanity of healthcare in a marvellous essay written to promote his new book which will published on Dec 4th 2012

Samuel Shem, 34 Years After 'The House of God'

Seeing God in the Third Millennium - Oliver Sacks - The Atlantic

Yvonne Carter (1959-2009)  Professor Yvonne Carter, who has died aged 50 of breast cancer, showed how one general practitioner could impact positively on patients; on medical practice; on academia; on the training of doctors; and on medical research across the UK. After taking academic primary care in east London through a renaissance, she was an obvious choice to lead the new Warwick Medical School to independence in 2006, as only the third female dean of such an institution in Britain.

Yvonne Carter obituary

Sir James Mackenzie GP and cardiologist Almost single handedly  introduced ECG into clinical practice from his modest General Practice in Burnley

Sir James Mackenzie GP and cardiologist Almost single handedly introduced ECG into clinical practice from his modest General Practice in Burnley

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