Iran marks august 23 the birth anniversary of Abu Ali Sina, known in the West as Avicenna, as the National Doctors Day.

Iran Press/Iran news: 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.

Avicenna 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.

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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