The Life and Times of Hippocrates (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

The Life and Times of Hippocrates (Biography from Ancient Civilizations Series)

by Jim Whiting
     
 

For many centuries in ancient history, people believed illnesses were handed down by the gods. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek physician named Hippocrates changed that attitude. He began looking for natural causes of illnesses.
Many of his treatment methods seem primitive. For example, he performed brain surgery by drilling into a patient's skull with a sharp…  See more details below

Overview

For many centuries in ancient history, people believed illnesses were handed down by the gods. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek physician named Hippocrates changed that attitude. He began looking for natural causes of illnesses.
Many of his treatment methods seem primitive. For example, he performed brain surgery by drilling into a patient's skull with a sharp piece of wood. There were no anesthetics. It was a very painful procedure.
In other ways his methods have held up surprisingly well. Like modern doctors, Hippocrates emphasized the value of a good diet and plenty of exercise. He also used maggots, leeches, and bees to treat his patients. All three of these creatures are still being used by doctors even in the United States.
Because of his efforts, today Hippocrates is known as the Father of Medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584155126
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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