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Pedanius Dioscorides

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Pedanius Dioscorides (Greek: Πεδάνιος Διοσκουρίδης, Pedánios Dioskourídēs; c. 40–90 AD), “the father of pharmacognosy”, was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author of De materia medica (Περὶ ὕλης ἰατρικῆς, On Medical Material) —a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances (a pharmacopeia), that was widely read for more than 1,500 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pedanius Dioscorides has received more than 365,973 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Pedanius Dioscorides is the 21st most popular physician (down from 19th in 2019), the 100th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 91st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Turkish Physician.

Pedanius Dioscorides was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, and botanist who wrote a five-volume book on medicine called De Materia Medica. The book was written in the first century AD and is considered one of the most important pharmacopoeias of all time.

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  • 12.31

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Among physicians, Pedanius Dioscorides ranks 21 out of 502Before him are Cyril of Alexandria, Cesare Lombroso, Ignaz Semmelweis, Alois Alzheimer, Michael Servetus, and Nestorius. After him are Jacques Rogge, Rudolf Virchow, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Polycarp, Camillo Golgi, and Paul Ehrlich.

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Among people born in 40, Pedanius Dioscorides ranks 2Before him is Pope Clement I. After him are Martial, Statius, Claudia Octavia, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Dio Chrysostom, and Lucius Licinius Sura. Among people deceased in 90, Pedanius Dioscorides ranks 1After him are Onesimus and Artabanus III of Parthia.

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In Turkey

Among people born in Turkey, Pedanius Dioscorides ranks 100 out of 1,301Before him are Apollonius of Perga (-262), Anna Komnene (1083), Irenaeus (130), Leo III the Isaurian (675), Andromache (null), and Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1940). After him are Michael VIII Palaiologos (1224), Hecataeus of Miletus (-550), Enver Pasha (1881), Cassius Dio (155), Artemisia I of Caria (-500), and Saint Pantaleon (275).

Among PHYSICIANS In Turkey

Among physicians born in Turkey, Pedanius Dioscorides ranks 4Before him are Galen (129), Basil of Caesarea (329), and Nestorius (381). After him are Polycarp (69), Herophilos (-335), Ctesias (-440), Aretaeus of Cappadocia (100), Asclepiades of Bithynia (-120), Soranus of Ephesus (98), Aëtius of Amida (502), and Caesarius of Nazianzus (330).