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Influence of Hippocrates on medicine.

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Hippocrates Hippocrates is arguably one of the most influential figures ever to make a contribution to medicine through time, this is evident through his title as the 'Father of medicine'. One of the main reasons being, he moved medicine from the predominant theological and spiritual beliefs that surrounded medicine, where, most people still saw medicine as a religion, and believed that superstitions, evil spirits and gods were all central to medicine. Hippocrates made several important medical discoveries, importantly he viewed medicine as a science as apposed to the former belief that medicine was a religion. It is interesting to note that Hippocrates was revolutionary for his time, for the reason he completely changed the way Greeks viewed the practice of medicine. ...read more.


Surplus to this, his approach to medicine put more prominence of the importance of sustaining a healthy diet and lifestyle and the way in which the environment can affect your health. Furthermore, Hippocrates devised the 'Hippocratic Oath' of which was a guideline which displayed the ethical promises doctors made when treating a patient. Further proving that Hippocrates made an incredible contribution to medicine, this Hippocratic Oath is still incorporated into medical practice today, and even new doctor still swears to it even today. Additionally, Hippocrates looked at the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms, which meant that Hippocrates was moving medicine forward. In discovering that religion alone didn't hold all answer, Hippocrates saw that diseases came from natural causes; he also made the important link between thought and the brain, whereas it was previously believed that thought came from the heart. ...read more.


This is a collection of sixty medical books telling the world of his discovering, it is still clear that even today we are still using and developing a selection of Hippocrates original methods. Overall, it is clear that Hippocrates served as a model for other doctors to emulate, his influences have even been as wide spread as today, highlighted by his written works and the Hippocratic Oath which are extremely significant in today's society. Perhaps without Hippocrates, the world would have never surpassed the belief that illness was religion and consequently we would have never discovered the real causes of illness without Hippocrates. Despite the Theory of the Four Humours being ultimately incorrect, it still illustrated the new way of thinking towards medicine and therefore Hippocrates, in my opinion, made one of the biggest contributions to medicine through time. ...read more.

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