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FC: How Do We Know The Truth Of Hippocrates? | Greek Scrapbook Project Ellie Mikawa Period 2 1/11/13

1: "Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity." -Hippocrates

2: Hippocrates was famous for plethora of things. He was an accomplished physicist, philosopher, and an expert in medicine. He was a brilliant genius that made a significant difference in to the field of the ancient Greek medicine. As a result, this affected sick patients in all of ancient Greece in a positive way. He proposed many ideas, and contributed to the study of diseases and other human sicknesses in a great extent.

4: Hippocrates's Pursuit of Truth begins Hippocrates was born on 469 BC in an island named Cos, in Greece. He grew up in an wealthy environment and a family and learned how to read, spell, play music, and write at the age of 9, which is very young. Shortly, he went to school (secondary) where he had couple of years of athletic training.

5: The Approach to the Field of Medicine When Hippocrates was finished with secondary schools, he took the path to serve as an apprentice for his colleague that studies medicine and father. After years of studying and observing other physicians and their interactions with sick patients, that led him to Greece, Libya, and Egypt. Hippocrates began to develop his own understanding of diseases of the body.

6: Trouble in his Journey In Hippocrates's career in medicine so far, the ideas and theories that he came up were shockingly contradicting the politics in Greece unfortunately. He thought that diseases were established because of natural occurrence - not as a conclusion of notions and the Greek Gods. Therefore because of this reason, he was required to stay in prison for twenty, long years. However, he write a book about well-know medicine. The Complicated Body, while spending his life in jail. This book covers a lot of well-known aspects of the human body. Hippocrates pursued his idea of how human diseases happen in life, and his own belief is his pursue to find his own truth.

7: The simple art of balancing fluids from the human body is a easy concept that Hippocrates pursued to understand it. He thought that if at least one out of the four humors are to become unbalanced, it would increase the chances of developing a sickness, or a disease in the human body. The four truths are Black Bile, Blood, Yellow Bile, and the Phlegm. Each of these truths shown associates with all of the seasons of the Earth. Black Bile is Autumn, Blood is Spring, Phlegm is Winter, and Yellow Bile being Summer. Also, too much of Earth made humans melancholic, Air made Sanguines, Fire made humans choleric, and water made won phlegmatic. That means that if a sick patient had a hot/dry disease or fever, the cause of that is yellow bile. It clearly all makes sense. Therefore, to balance the four humors out...physicians should increase the opposite by prescribing cold baths, instead of hot baths. The four humors that Hippocrates made definitely an understanding of diseases and sicknesses, and are one way to describe the real truth behind the human body.

8: The Caduceus The Caduceus of Mercury is a short staff spiraled by two snakes, with wings, which is used by myriads of hospitals, organizations, etc. The staff represented authority, and carried in the messenger's hands. Also, the wings is symbolizing information, transformation, new beginnings, and fluidity. It is the wand of Hermes. The snake is often thought as a great source of wisdom. In conclusion, this can be seen that the Caduceus represents the authority to bring important information/wisdom to help and enlighten. The medicine's truth is represented frequently in this symbol and was a way for Hippocrates to show his beliefs.

9: The Plague: Tuberculosis Hippocrates is given major credit for healing the King of Macedonia who was suffering from a type of lung disease called Tuberculosis. This sickness spread rapidly in Athens for about three years, and it was a deadly plague. The symptoms were sneezing, hoarseness of the voice, vomiting, and coughing constantly. Soon, Hippocrates pointed out that the common symptom patterns with other sicknesses/diseases used the same healing methods. His healing occurred during the fighting of the Peloponnesian War, and that was considered the biggest feat during his long career. Also, his own search for the vaccine was part of his pursuit to truth.

10: His Oath Hippocrates is extremely famous for his oath discussing about a responsibility of a doctor to a sick patient and marking the standard for more codes that are professional in the upcoming future. This consists of seven duties for any physician or doctor. Also, this was another of his own belief is his pursue to find his own truth in his career, 1. Considering my teacher as an equal to my parents and live my life with trust in him. Help him if he is in need and his family is an equal to mine. To share the percepts and oral instructions and all other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who had instructed me. 2. I will apply nutritional measures for the benefit of the sick according to my judgment and ability, I will also protect them from harm and injustice. 3. I will never prescribe a harmful drug to any individual who had asked for it, not will I make a suggestion. I will guard my life and my art. 4. I will never use the knife on any patients, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work. 5. Any locations visited will be for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief, even if they are free or slaves. 6. I will not speak of any parts of treatment in the course of treatment or outside of the treatment, including what I many see or hear. I will keep to myself, never speaking of wrong and shameful doings. 7. If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all mean for time to come.

12: Hippocratic Therapy Hippocratic medicine's world/philosophy was extremely diverse from the medicine of today. He worked in anatomy, physiology, and humorism. This method of therapy was based off from nature, and believed in the nature derived healing power, rather than drugs, and other man-made medicine. This treatment was always keeping sick patients sanitized, and it was very gentle. Also, his method of medicine's main theme was "crisis". This meant the point in any sicknesses that both had the power to naturally recover a sick person, or to totally demolish/kill the person. The base structure for Hippocrates and his medicine was the theory of crisis. This was one of his famous accomplishments, and his finding of this method in his career was part of his pursuit to truth.

13: Negative and Positive Consequences for Searching for the Truth using the Field of Medicine | Positive: Discovered many information about myriads of diseases and sicknesses which had a great effect to the people in ancient Greece. | Positive: Developed a way to treat sick patients by nature deriving medicine, without using any harmful drugs, and creating the Four Humors, which helped explain many sicknesses in detail. | Negative: Thrown in jail because his ideas and theories that he came up were contradicting the Greek politics. | Negative: 20 years of his pursuit of truth was wasted, because of jail time. He could have accomplished even more in his career, if he wasn't thrown in jail.

14: To conclude, Hippocrates discovered truth in his very own way, through the field of medicine. He found truth in diseases and sicknesses in the world of the human body. This was his version of truth. | The End

16: Works Cited: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/266627/Hippocrates http://www.hsl.virginia.edu/historical/artifacts/antiqua/hippocrates.cfm http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/hippocrates-120.php http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/philosophers/g/Hippocrates.htm http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/HippocratesofCos.html http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/bonline/library/history/hippoc.html http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/hippocrates.html http://www.pbs.org/wnet/redgold/innovators/bio_hippocrates.html http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Hippocrates.html http://www.nndb.com/people/680/000087419/

17: Thank you for taking your time reading this scrapbook about Hippocrates's long journey of pursuing his truth. I hope you enjoyed it, as I spent a lot of time and dedication to this. ~ Ellie Mikawa Author

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