Hippocrates: Father of Medicine

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Hippocrates was a Greek physician that left a legacy that existed during his lifetime in Classical Greece and continues today. His moral and ethical standards were the foundation of his teachings, along with his meticulous writings concerning the study of the human body. He firmly believed that poor health and disease were the result of a natural process that could be discovered and cured through careful clinical reasoning and observations. Hippocrates travelled throughout Greece teaching and describing disease symptoms, and taught doctors how to analyze and treat specific illnesses or diseases. Hippocrates’s accomplishments give him the respect from doctors and medical professionals around the world that continues even today. Hippocrates was born on the Aegean island of Cos at around the fifth century B.C. He belonged to a wealthy family of physicians, who made sure he received a good education. While it is unknown where he was educated, it is known that Hippocrates studied physical education, reading, writing, spelling, music, singing, and poetry for nine years before he went to secondary school, where he spent two years of very thorough athletic training and mental discipline. It is likely that Hippocrates went to study medicine under his father in a form of apprenticeship. It is believed that this training involved travelling to the Greek mainland, and possibly Egypt and Libya. (Notablebiographies.comHe-Ho/Hippocrates). Hippocrates, often called the “father of medicine” was one of the earliest contributors to modern science. He was called the father of medicine because through his medical school, he separated medical knowledge and practice from myth and superstition basing them instead of fact, observation, and clinical ... ... middle of paper ... ...onals around the world that continues even today. Hippocrates’s ideas from the fifth century gave humanity “the gift of knowledge”. Hippocrates planted the seed and subsequent generations of physicians and scientists have nurtured and perfected those basic ideas into the more advanced medical practices of today. Hippocrates’s knowledge remains alive today because of his writings that were discovered 200 years after his death. Works Cited http://www.ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl./bbl/_hippocratic_oath http://www. faqs.org/health/bios/73Hippocrates-of-Cos http://historylearningsite.com http://www.notablebiographies.com/He-Ho/Hippocrates.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/hippocratic-oath-today.html http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocrates Goldberg, Herbert S. Father of Medicine, Lincoln, NB 1963, 2006 Authors Choice Press, an imprint of iUniverse, Inc.
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