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Notable Physicians & Nurses Posters and Prints Index
List of famous and notable health practitioners.

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I AM A DOCTOR, I AM A NURSE, PosterI Am A Doctor
I Am A Nurse

Medicine is the art and science of healing, or to make whole / holy. The word ‘medicine’ is derived from the Latin ars medicina. A physician (doctor) and nurse are practitioners of the prevention and treatment of illness for the purpose of wholeness. Veterinarians are physicians for animals.

The first week in May is National Nurses Month.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971, was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

Know him by this sign - the medical caduceus, Print
Know him by this sign - the medical caduceus, Print

Medical quotes
• “(It is infinitely better to transplant a heart) than to bury it so it can be devoured by worms.” ~ Christiaan Barnard
• “I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” ~ Clara Barton
• “A physician who fails to enter the body of a patient with the lamp of knowledge and understanding can never treat diseases. He should first study all the factors, including environment, which influence a patient's disease, and then prescribe treatment. It is more important to prevent the occurrence of disease than to seek a cure.” ~ Acharya Charak
• “In the name of Hypocrites, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.” ~ Edward Everett Hale
• “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.” Virginia Henderson
• “The man of understanding can no more sit quiet and resigned while his country lets literature decay than a good doctor could sit quiet and contented while some ignorant child was infecting itself with tuberculosis under the impression that it was merely eating jam tarts.” ~ Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, 1934
• “There are more old drunkards than old physicians.” ~ Francois Rabelais
• “Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale. Medicine, as a social science, as the science of human beings, has the obligation to point out problems and to attempt their theoretical solution: the politician, the practical anthropologist, must find the means for their actual solution.” ~ Rudolph Virchow


Thomas Addison
Alfred Adler
Mark Akinside
Salvadore Allende
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Virginia Apgar
Roberto Assagioli


Martha Ballard
Roger Bannister
Frederick Banting
Christiaan Barnard
Josiah Bartlett
Clara Barton
George Bass
Adolf Bastian
Adolph Emil von Behring
“Mother” Bickerdyke
Joseph Black
Elizabeth Blackwell
Sir Gilbert Blane
Aime Bonpland
Mary Breckenridge
Robert Bridges
Richard Bright
Paul Broca
Gro Harlem Brundtland


Helen Caldicott
Alexis Carrel
Lillian Carter
Edith Cavell
Graham Chapman
Jean-Martin Charcot
Guy de Chauliac
Anton Chechov
Deepak Chopra
Georges Clemenceau
Rebecca Cole
Denton A. Cooley
Dr. Coppelius
A. J. Cronin
Jean-Nicolas Corvisart
Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler
Nicholas Culpeper


Henrik Dam
Erasmus Darwin
Howard Dean
Michael DeBakey
Martin Delany
Susan Dimock
Dorothea Dix
Arthur Conan Doyle
Charles Drew
Guillaume Dupuytren
Francois Duvalier


Charles Eastman
Constantin von Economo
Joycelyn Elders
Gertrude Elion
Henry Havelock Ellis


Helen Fairchild
Alexander Fleming
Viktor Frankl
Gemma Frisius
William Frist, Sr.
Sigmund Freud
Leonhart Fuchs


Paul Gachet
Richard J. Gatling
Oliver Goldsmith
Henry Gray
Zane Grey
Che Guevara
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin


Ernst Haeckel
Samuel Hahnemann
William Harvey
Henry Heimlich
Constantine Hering
William A. Hinton
Thomas Hodgkin
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Alberta Hunter


John Hughlings Jackson
Aletta Jacobs
Harriet Jacobs
Mae Jemison
Edward Jenner
Sophia Jex-Blake
Carl Gustav Jung


John Keats
Mary Henrietta Kingsley
Robert Koch


Rene Laennec
Susan La Flesche Picotte
Dominique Jean Larrey
Joseph Lister
David Livingstone
John Locke
Crawford Long
Eva Luckes
St. Luke


Clara Maass
Mary Eliza Mahoney
Marcello Malpighi
Jean-Paul Marat
Bridget “Biddy” Mason
Petrus Andreas Mattioli
Charles H. Mayo
Friedrich Anton Mesmer
Maria Montessori
W. T. G. Morton
Samuel Mudd


Haing S. Ngor
Charles Nicolle
Florence Nightingale
Michel de Nostredame
Antonia Novello, MD
William Osler
Mehmet Oz


Ambroise Pare
Mungo Park
James Parkinson
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier
Louis Pasteur
Ron Paul
Ivan Pavlov
Claude Perrault
Ann Preston


Francois Rabelais
Walter Reed
Ellen Richards
Linda Richards
Isabel Hampton Robb
Benjamin Rush


Albert Sabin
Florence Sabin
Jonas Salk
Margaret Sanger
John Sappington
Friedrich Schiller
Dr. Scholl
Albert Schweitzer
Mary Seacole
Edouard Séguin
Ignac Semmelweis
Anna Howard Shaw
James McCune Smith
Tobias Smollett
Nancy Snyderman
John Snow
Benjamin Spock
Susan McKinney Steward
Marie Stopes
Thomas Sydenham


Helen Taussig
Mother Teresa
Debi Thomas
Lewis Thomas
Adah Thoms
Matthew Thornton
Frederick Treves
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman


Carlo Urbani
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow


Faye Waddleton
Mary Edwards Walker
Justine Wanger
Walt Whitman
Daniel Hale Williams
William Carlos Williams
Leonard Wood


Sun Yat-sen
Boris Yegorov
Alexandre Yersin

Old-Time Makers of Medicine
Old-Time Makers of Medicine

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