Ibn Sina, also known as Abu Ali Sina, and often known in the west as “Avicenna” was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most famous and influential Iranian philosophers and scientists and is known as the” father of modern medicine”.

The Canon of Medicine discussed the most current concepts in physiology, pathology, and hygiene. He wrote on the treatment of diseases including depression, meningitis, and smallpox and included writings on the composition and preparation of remedies.

His most famous books are ‘The Book of Healing’, the Philosophical and Scientific Encyclopedia and ‘The Canon of Medicine’, also called the Medical Encyclopedia. Our current awareness of what we now call the “mind body connection”, the wholistic approach to  “mind , body, spirit connection”  and the “power of positive thinking” were introduced by Avicenna in the “The Book of Healing. This book has been taught in European scientific centers for nearly seven hundred years. Even today, this book is being taught as an important part of ancient medicine in the most important centers and universities of the world.

Avicenna’s accomplishments continue with writings on astronomy, alchemy, geography and geology, psychology, mathematics, physics and works of poetry.

A statue of Abu Ali Sina is seated alongside 3 other revolutionary polymath scholars, Razi, Biruni and Omar Khayyam in the Persian Scholars Pavilion located in the Memorial Plaza at the United Nations International Center located in Vienna.

Before his death in 1037 CE, Avicenna is quoted as saying, “I prefer a short life with width to a narrow one with length”.