Hippocrates the concerned and conscientious physician


Griechische Medizin: Hippokrates

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Hippocrates (Ιπποκράτης) (c. 460 BC - c. 377 BC), son of Praxithea (daughter of Phainarete) and Heraclides, is considered as the Father of Medicine. According to Mythology from his mother he was a descendant of Hercules and from his father a descendant of Asclepius. He had at least 2 sons, Draco and Thessalus and one daughter). One of his teachers was Herodikos of Selymbria, a important Greek physician, and another teacher maybe was Democritus of Abdera (there is a story that he was asked by the citizens of Abdera to cure Democritus).

Many centuries before Hippocrates, an Egyptian, Imhotep, called "God of Medicine," "Prince of Peace," was considered as a god (even by the Greeks as Imhoutes) and a healer from 2850 BC up to 500 AD in some places. Hippocrates attempted to demystify healing by emphasizing on the tangible evidence rather than on spiritual causes. Hippocrates asks not "Who causes this sickness?" but rather "By what process does this sickness occur?"

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