Greatest Doctor of Ancient Times: Hippocrates and His Oath

Greatest Doctor of Ancient Times: Hippocrates and His Oath

by Mary Gow
     
 

The writings attributed to Hippocrates document the beginnings of rational medicine. Ideas expressed in it would carry forward for centuries. These ideas set a course for medicine that still serves us today. Doctors today still follow their practice of detailed observations of patients. We still expect our doctors to be like the idealized Hippocrates-caring,

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The writings attributed to Hippocrates document the beginnings of rational medicine. Ideas expressed in it would carry forward for centuries. These ideas set a course for medicine that still serves us today. Doctors today still follow their practice of detailed observations of patients. We still expect our doctors to be like the idealized Hippocrates-caring, well-trained, honest and dedicated.

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Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Hippocrates, a Greek doctor thought to have been born in 460 B.C., was quite famous throughout the ancient world. In stories from this time, he was attributed with curing a plague and diagnosing a lovesick king, among other feats. He was also considered the sole author of the Hippocratic writings that laid the foundations for Western scientific medicine. Today, as Gow clearly explains, scholars believe that these influential writings were penned by a number of authors, including Hippocrates, over several decades. The physicians authoring the Hippocratic Collection employed systematic observation to come up with rational answers to explain the nature of health and disease instead of relying on myths and the supernatural. The most famous writing of the Hippocratic Collection, the "Hippocratic Oath," outlines, among other things, a physician's responsibility to patients. Today, at graduation, most medical students pledge an oath of patient care and medical ethics that is based on the Hippocratic Oath of centuries ago. It is briefly and straightforwardly noted that the original Hippocratic Oath contradicts other parts of the Hippocratic writings in that it forbade physicians from performing surgery and abortions or assisting in suicide. In addition to thoroughly tracing how medicine developed in ancient Greece and the influence of Hippocratic writings on modern medicine, Gow also shows how the historical Hippocrates was altered over the centuries into the mythical one. Additionally, she offers a look at the cultural blossoming in Greece at the time that led to many advances in art, theater, politics, philosophy, and science. Supplementary material includes an activities section, chronology, glossary, a further reading page, and an index. This complete and well-researched volume is part of the "Great Minds of Ancient Science and Math" series. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–Many modern ideas about science and mathematics were influenced by, or born from, the theories of ancient thinkers. These biographies describe the individuals behind the original ideas, the times in which they lived, and their theories. Since little straight biographical information is available about many of the men–a fact emphasized in the texts–the books also use information about their backgrounds, including their education, gleaned from the writings of successors. The focus here is on scientific ideas, illuminating how these men came to their conclusions and how today's practices stem from them. For those libraries looking to add materials on ancient Greece that go beyond mythology, these biographies are solid choices, as they provide a good overview of the cultural and political landscape of the times, as well as pictures of their subjects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031180
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Great Minds of Ancient Science and Math Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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