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FC: Hippocrates THe Pursuit To Truth | 2011

1: Hippocrates was born during 460 BC on the island of Kos (Cos) Greece. His father, Heraclides was a physician and his mother, Phenareta was a midwife. The young doctor grew up in a wealthy family and learned to read, write, spell, and play music at the young age of nine. Soon after, he went to a secondary school where he had two years of thorough athletic training. | Early Years.....And The Pursuit Of Truth Begins

2: After several years of secondary school, Hippocrates went on to serve as an apprentice for his father and colleague studying medicine. This included him observing other physicians and their interactions with patients. These studies led him to the mainland of Greece, Egypt, and Libya. This apprenticeship is where he began to develop his understanding of the body and diseases. | The Beginnings of Medicine

3: As Hippocrates continued to pursue his career in medicine, it was realized that his ideas and theories were contradicting the Greek politics and governance. He believed that diseases were prevalent due to natural cause not as a result of superstition and gods. For this very reason, the physician spent twenty years in prison. While in jail Hippocrates wrote the well-known book of medicine, The Complicated Body. This book discusses many of the well-known ailments of the human body such as asthma and allergies. However, during his time the anatomy and physiology of the human body was not perfected, due to the Greek taboo forbidding the dissection of humans. Hippocrates pursed his idea of how diseases occur and his belief is his pursue to find truth. | Jail Time..

4: Hippocratic Oath

5: Hippocrates is well known for his oath referring to a doctors responsibility to a patient and setting the standard for professional codes to come. The oath consists of seven duties that any physician or doctor is held accountable for. 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 instruction and all other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has 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 has asked for it, nor 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 may 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 men for time to come.

6: The Caduceus of Mercury is a short rod entwined by two snakes and topped by a pair of wings used by many medical organizations. The staff (particularly the herald's staff) was a symbol of authority carried in the hands of messengers. The winged quality of the wand of Hermes is denoting fluidity, transformation, information, and new beginnings. The snake is often depicted as a source or deliverer of wisdom. Note that the snakes are bound to each other in a double helix - a shape of stability, creation, and life; coincidentally this follows the arrangement that the King Cobras snake takes: fighting upright and face to face, trying to force the other to submit for sexual rights. In this it can be seen that the caduceus represents the authority to quickly deliver vital information or wisdom to aid, assist and enlighten. The truth of medicine is represented in this commonly used symbol and was a way for Hippocrates to represent his beliefs. | Symbolism of the Caduceus

7: A little heaven on earth... | Four Humors:) | The art of balancing bodily fluids is a concept that Hippocrates pursed to understand. He believed that if one of the four humors were to become unbalanced it would increase the chances of developing a disease. The four truths are Yellow Bile, Black Bile, Phlegm, and Blood. Each truth correlates with the seasons. Autumn being Black bile, spring being blood, winter being phlegm, and summer being yellow bile. Each of the humors was associated with one of the four equal universal elements, the earth being black bile, air being blood, fire being yellow bile, water being phlegm. Thus, too much earth made one melancholic, too much air made one sanguine, too much fire made one choleric, and too much water made won phlegmatic. So, if a patient had a fever or a hot and dry disease, the cause would be yellow bile. So to balance the humors out the physician would want to increase its opposite by prescribing cold baths. These humors that Hippocrates created prove an understanding of sickness and are a way of describing the truth behind the human body.

8: The Attack of Tuberculosis | Hippocrates is credited with the healing of the King of Macedonia. The king was suffering from tuberculosis, which is the disease of the lungs. His ability to heal was put to the test when a plague was spread quickly in Athens for three years. This plague was a paralytic deadly fever carrying the symptoms of sneezing, coughing, hoarseness, and vomiting. Hippocrates noticed the pattern of common symptoms with other diseases and used the same therapeutic methods for healing. This occurred during the Peloponnesian War, which was considered the peak in his career. His search for a cure was part of his pursuit to truth.

9: Therapy by Hippocrates... | The world and philosophy of Hippocratic medicine was very different from modern medicine. Hippocrates worked mostly in lines of anatomy, humorism and physiology. | Hippocrates and his Hippocratic medicine were themed on ‘crisis’. The term crisis was a point of progression of an illness that either had the power to kill a person or a patient could recover from it naturally. Hippocratic medicine stood on therapeutic approach. The theory of crisis was the founding base for Hippocrates and his medicine. | Hippocratic therapy followed nature and believed in the healing power inherent in nature. The main foundation stone of Hippocratic medicine was its humble and passive nature and the use of drugs was not prevalent. Hippocratic treatment was believed to be gentle and always aimed at keeping the patients clean and sterile.

10: Hippocrates died during 370 BC in Larrisa Greece and was known as the personification of an ideal physician, caring, compassionate, wise, and honest. He is known for the Hippocratic Oath, which set high standards for all professional oaths to come. Lastly, he has been the endured inspiration for other physicians and therapists and is known as the Father of Medicine to many doctors today. | Legacy and Monuments

11: Considered the oldest tree in Europe , this is the tree where Hippocrates taught his sons and other students his theories on healing. He also taught the Four Humors and how to balance the body. Today this is a monument in Kos, Greece where visitors understand the inspiration he provided for other doctors in years to come.

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