Thomas Sydenham — English Scientist born on September 10, 1624, died on December 29, 1689

Thomas Sydenham was an English physician. He was the author of Observationes Medicae which became a standard textbook of medicine for two centuries so that he became known as 'The English Hippocrates’. Among his many achievements was the discovery of a disease, Sydenham's Chorea, also known as St Vitus Dance... (wikipedia)

Lastly, he must remember that he himself hath no exemption from the common lot, but that he is bound by the same laws of mortality, and liable to the same ailments and afflictions with his fellows.
The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise.
Gout produces calculus in the kidney... the patient has frequently to entertain the painful speculation as to whether gout or stone be the worst disease. Sometimes the stone, on passing, kills the patient, without waiting for the gout.
A man is as old as his arteries.
The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of twenty asses laden with drugs.