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Hippocrates  Hippocrates of Cos was said to have lived sometime between 450 BCE to 380 BCE.


He was a physician, and the writings of the Corpus Hippocraticum provide a wealth of information on biomedical methodology and offer one of the first reflective codes of professional ethics. Though Plato (a contemporary) makes reference to Hippocrates (Phaedrus 270a and elsewhere), it is generally believed that most of the writings in the Corpus Hippocraticum are actually the work of a number of different writers. By convention of time, place and general approach a common name of ‘Hippocrates’ was assigned to the lot (without distinguishing those of the historical Hippocrates).

Hippocrates and the other associated writers provide the modern student with a number of different sorts of insights. On the biomedical methodology side, these writings provide the most detailed biomedical observations to date in the Western world. Table of Contents 1. A. B. Take, for example Epidemics III: Hippocrates Biography - Hippocrates Childhood, Life and Timeline. Hippocrates Childhood & Life There is confusion regarding the dates and works surrounding Hippocrates.

Hippocrates Biography - Hippocrates Childhood, Life and Timeline

There have been very few records (date wise notes and proofs) found on his medicinal works, theories and life. According to most historians Hippocrates was believed to have been born somewhere around 460 BC in Kos or Cos, an island in Greece. Hippocrates’ fame gathered around medicine. He was the father of medicine. Traces and References of Hippocrates have been found in writings of Aristotle, John Tzetzes and Suda (a Greek encyclopaedia). Hippocrates was probably the first medicine man to have started thinking that diseases are common and natural occurrences and not due to some external forces like superstition or gods. Work. Greek Medicine: Hippocrates. Medical historians generally look to Hippocrates as the founder of medicine as a rational science.

Greek Medicine: Hippocrates

It was Hippocrates who finally freed medicine fromthe shackles of magic, superstition, and the supernatural. Hippocrates collected data and conducted experiments to show that disease was a natural process; that the signs and symptoms of a disease were caused by the natural reactions of the body to the disease process; and that the chief role of the physician was to aid the natural resistance of the body to overcome the metabolic imbalance and restore health and harmony to the organism. Hippocrates was born on the island of Cos, off the southwest coast of Asia Minor, or present-day Turkey, around 460 B.C. His father was a physician-priest in the Asclepion at Cos, and his family could trace its lineage back to the legendary Asclepius.

Hippocrates. Hippocrates made such an impression on medical history that his name is still very much associated with medicine today.


All newly qualified doctors take what is called the ‘Hippocratic Oath’ and some see Hippocrates as the father of modern medicine even though he did most of his work some 430 years before the birth of Christ. Greek doctors had started to look at the issue of poor health and disease by using a process of reasoning and observation. The most famous of these was Hippocrates. He is thought to have been born in Cos in 460 BC. In fact, we know very little about Hippocrates as a person but his fame was such that Plato and Aristotle wrote about him.

Ancient Greek medical knowledge is demonstrated in what is known as the Hippocratic Collection. Hippocrates and other Greek doctors believed that the work done by a doctor should be kept separate from the work done by a priest. The Hippocratic Collection gave Greek doctors detailed advice on what to do with their patients: Asclepeion. In ancient Greece and Rome, an asclepeion (or asklepieion, Greek: Ἀσκληπιεῖον - Ἀσκλαπιεῖον in Doric dialect, Latin aesculapīum) was a healing temple, sacred to the god Asclepius.


Tourists enjoying the panoramic view of the city from the Askleipion on Kos Asclepius may first have been worshipped as a hero in Troika, Thessaly, which ancient mythographers generally regarded as the place of his birth, but to date archaeological excavations have yet to uncover his sanctuary there.[1][2] Epidauros, on the other hand, was the first place to worship Asclepius as a god, beginning sometime in the 5th century BC.

The asclepieion at Epidaurus is both extensive and well preserved. There is an asclepieion located on the south slopes of the Acropolis of Athens which dates to around 420 BC. Hippocrates is said to have received his medical training at an asclepieion on the isle of Kos. Panoramic view from the Askleipion on Kos See also[edit] References[edit] Jump up ^ EDELSTEIN, E.J. & L.L.