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(460 BC- 377 BC)
Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician born during the classical Greek era, and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine.
He is credited with being the first person to believe that disease was caused naturally, and not because of superstition or the wrath of the gods.
He separated the discipline of medicine from religion and believed that disease was the product of environmental factors, diet and living habits.
Many see Hippocrates as the father of modern medicine, and today every new doctor is sworn into his profession with an oath of honor called the Hippocratic oath.
We hope you enjoy learning about him!
Here’s a short video on who Hippocrates was.
This sketch shows us some of the medical methods that would have been considered ground breaking during Hippocrates’ time.
Hippocrates influence on modern medicine has much to do with a few simple discoveries.
Here’s a lecture from UWMedicine on “What Hippocrates Knew, and What We Have Forgotten”.
Here’s a video on the Oath and law of Hippocrates
Here’s a documentary on some very interesting methods of ancient medicine that Hippocrates would have practiced.
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