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FC: Hippocrates | Sean Lobred
1: Hippocrates was an early physician in ancient Greece. He is regarded as one of the earliest doctors ever. He is known for vastly improving the practice of medicine through his new ideas, many of which are still used by doctors everywhere today. His work is the base of modern medicine. Hippocrates was undoubtedly the best doctor of his time, and he arguably contributed more to his field than anyone else ever has.
2: Hippocrates was born in Cos in the year of 460 B.C.E. Not a lot is known for sure about his personal life, but he was probably born to Heraclides, another physician, and Praxitela, daughter of Tizane. Hippocrates most likely learned medicine from his the teachings of his father and grandfather. Later in life, Hippocrates taught his two sons, Draco and Thessalus, as well as his son-in-law, Polybus, who was his true successor. The conditions of his death are also unknown, though most historians believe he died in Larissa at age 83-90.
3: Hippocrates is remembered as the Father of Medicine because of all of his contributions to his field. He was one of the first to reject the idea the illness was a punishment from the gods. He recognized that illness came from a lack of clean conditions and that close, cramped conditions could lead to widespread disease. He also thought that cleanliness and quarantining sick people was the best way to avoid disease and keep people healthy.
4: One popular theory that Hippocrates supported but was later proven wrong was the theory of Humorism. He believed that the throwing up, bleeding, or spitting all had different effects on one's temperament, a theory that in time would become the most popular one among doctors. Because it was illegal to dissect human bodies, physicians at that time did not have an accurate knowledge of human anatomy.
5: Hippocrates is also well known for writing the Hippocratic Oath. This is an oath that he wanted doctors to take to prove. Today, every doctor takes this oath before they begin working as a doctor. The oath is a promise to be fair and just, and to do all that one can in order to save a patients life. It also promises that the doctor will never intentionally harm a patient, or let anything bad happen to the patient that might have been prevented.
6: Many historians believe that Hippocrates alone did not write the whole oath. A few of the rules brought up in the oath were ones that went against what Hippocrates practiced. The oath is against abortion, but Hippocrates had written about abortion is the past. Also, Hippocrates was never against suicide, but the oath forbids the doctor from allowing a patient to kill themself. Many think that half of the oath came from the Pythagoreans, as the were the only group that supported everything in the second half of the oath.
7: Many Greeks disliked Hippocrates because he did not believe in the same Greek gods and goddesses as others. He believed that the work of a physicians should be kept completely separate from the work of a priest. At the time, sickness was considered a punishment from the gods because somebody did something wrong. Hippocrates was one of few who disagreed with that, and he worked to prove what the real causes of sickness were.
8: Hippocrates spent much of his life dedicated to finding the truth. He knew that illness did not come from the gods, and he was determined to find the truth. He worked hard and discovered many things about the human body and illnesses. He always wanted to find the truth, and he worked hard to do this all the time. His devotion to finding out the truth about illness was one of the reasons he became such a great doctor and a great historical figure. Few people have ever had the same desire to find the truth that he had, and the truth was one of his greatest inspirations.
9: Hippocrates had a great legacy. His work has been helping doctors for thousands of years. He is regarded as one of the smartest doctors of all time, even to this day. He is known as the Father of Medicine because of the massive amount of work he contributed to his area of work. Most of the work of modern doctors is based off of his work or his ideas, and if he had not done what he did, doctors today would not be nearly as advanced as they are. This would have made the world a lot different. Hippocrates has one of the greatest legacies of all time.