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Hippocrates: Pursuit of the Truth

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1: The Pursuit begins when Hippocrates is born on the island of Cos in 460 BCE. His father, Heracleides, was a doctor. His family's wealth allowed him to have a good education. After nine years of physical education, reading, writing, spelling, music, singing, and poetry, he went to a secondary school, where he was for two years. Here he also had thorough athletic training.

2: After secondary school, Hippocrates went on to study medicine under his father in an apprenticeship. This involved following his father and another doctor, Herodicos, from patient to patient and observing their treatment. This is the beginning of his long and historic career in the field of medicine.

3: Hippocrates then continues his pursuit of the truth by becoming a doctor. He healed many people, including the King of Macedonia who he help recover from tuberculosis. The height of his career came during the Peloponnesian War.

4: Hippocrates favored using diet and exercise to cure most people's sickness, but some people would be unable to follow those directions and would need medicine. He was the one who discovered that physical handling could cure some physical discomforts, such as a doctor moving a dislocated hip back into place to fix it.

5: One of the biggest challenges of Hippocrates's career as a doctor came when he had to help patients with a plague in Athens. This occurred over three years (430-427 BCE). This was part of the beginning of the height of his career.

6: He pursued the truth not only as a doctor, but also as a teacher. His teaching was as well remembered as his healing. A symbol of the many students he encouraged is the "Tree of Hippocrates," which shows his students sitting under a tree listening to him.

7: As Hippocrates continued to pursue the truth through his medicine, the government began to realize that his medical views contradicted Greek politics and governance. Hippocrates was the first person to believe that sickness was a result of natural causes, not superstition and gods. For believing this, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

8: While in jail, Hippocrates wrote a very well know book, called The Complicated Body. It discusses many well-known ailments, such as asthma and allergies. While it is a good book, the anatomy is not flawless because Greek taboo forbid the dissection of humans. He pursued the truth in the manner of following his interest in how diseases occur.

9: Hippocrates also wrote a very famous medical oath called the Hippocratic Oath. Part of it is shown below. | I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant: To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine...

10: Hippocrates's pursuit of the the truth is still affecting today. These students are taking the Hippocratic Oath, as every medical school student has to. This shows how him pursuing the truth about many subjects in the medical field still affect today.

11: Notes: | Hippocrates made positive contributions to the medical field by becoming the first person to believe that illness was not a punishment from the gods and he also wrote The Hippocratic Oath, which is still used today. A negative to his pursuit of the truth was that he was thrown in jail for his views. | Citations: "Hippocrates (Greek Physician)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2013. "Hippocrates: Pursuit To The Truth." Mixbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2013. Tyson, Peter. "The Hippocratic Oath Today." PBS. PBS, 27 Mar. 2001. Web. 08 Jan. 2013. "World Biography." Hippocrates Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2013.

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