Avicenna (980–1037) was born at Afshaneh, near Bukhara in Persia (present-day Uzbekistan).
By the age of 10, he was well versed in the study of the Qur’ān and various sciences. He was the most famous and influential of the many Islamic scholars, scientists, and philosophers of the medieval world.
He was foremost a physician but was also an astronomer, chemist, geologist, psychologist, philosopher, logician, mathematician, physicist, and poet.
A prolific writer in all of these fields, he captured the knowledge of the time in well organized texts.
Avicenna’s writings influenced the scholarship of medicine in the West into the 17th century.
For centuries his masterpiece, the Canon of Medicine, has been used as a major medical reference.
This manuscript , which dates 1440, is considered the most complete encyclopedia of medical and pharmacological science of the Middle Ages . Not just a treaty on general medicine, but also studies of anatomy, physiology, diseases, medications and their effectiveness.