"several elements which compose our names, as Sydenham expresses it, repeated a thousand years hence"

Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689) was an English physician.  He published many medical works, and was known as an innovator in pharmacy and medical practice.  His enormous contribution to medicine was only properly realised in the years after his death – by the early 1700s he was being referred to as 'The English Hippocrates.’ 

He was known for doing the best he could for his patients, and for purposefully demystifying medicine and disease as much as possible for them.