Iran marks National Doctors Day to commemorate Avicenna

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) – Iran marks august 23 the birth anniversary of Abu Ali Sina, known in the west as Avicenna, as the National Doctors Day.

Avicenna, born 980 CE in a village near Bukhara, then capital of Iranian Samanid Empire, was a great Iranian philosopher, physician and scientist who had some 450 books on a wide range of issues, among them medicine and philosophy. As a result of efforts by such pioneers as Avicenna, Iran is now among the 12 countries with advanced technology and knowledge in medicine and can serve as a health tourism center.

He was a polymath regarded both in West and East as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age.

His most famous works are The Book of Healing – a great philosophical and scientific encyclopedia – and The Canon of Medicine, an overview of all aspects of medicine that became a standard medical text at many medieval universities and remained in use as late as 1650. He died in June 1037, in his fifty-eighth year and was buried in Hamadan midwest of Iran
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Iran honors top doctors and physicians who have made great contributions to the country’s national health on National Doctors Day.

Iran is well-known to serve as a health tourism center in the region and its doctors have always been pioneers in science and medicine through history.

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