A great Greek physician (c.460-377BC) who worked on the island of Cos, founded a medical school there, and today is regarded as the "Father of Medicine." Hippocrates developed a then-new approach to medicine. He refused to use gods to explain disease and saw medicine as a science rather than a religion. Hippocrates stressed the importance of fresh air, a good diet and adequate exercise to help the body heal itself. Hippocrates' students wrote over 60 medical books on a broad range of medical topics (including diseases, gynecology, and head wounds). The students had to follow an ethical code that governed their behavior as doctors. They swore that they would maintain patient confidentiality and never deliberately poison a patient. The oath his students swore is the celebrated Hippocratic Oath. See Hippocratic Oath.

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  • Hippocrates — Hip*poc ra*tes, n. A famous Greek physician and medical writer, born in Cos, about 460 b. c. [1913 Webster] {Hippocrates sleeve}, a conical strainer, made by stitching together two adjacent sides of a square piece of cloth, esp. flannel of linen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hippocrates — [hi päk′rə tēz΄] 460? 377? B.C.; Gr. physician: called the Father of Medicine Hippocratic [hip΄ə krat′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Hippocrates — Infobox Person name =Hippocrates of Kos (Greek: polytonic|Ἱπποκράτης) image size = 240px caption = Engraving by Peter Paul Rubens, 1638, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. [ Harvnb|National Library of Medicine|2006 ] birth date = ca.… …   Wikipedia

  • Hippocrates — Hippocratic /hip euh krat ik/, Hippocratical, adj. /hi pok reuh teez /, n. ( Father of Medicine ) c460 c377 B.C., Greek physician. * * * born с 460 BC, island of Cos, Greece died с 377, Larissa, Thessaly Greek physician regarded as the father of… …   Universalium

  • HIPPOCRATES — I. HIPPOCRATES Cous medicus, nat. est Olymp. 80. Soranus in eius vita. Fil. Herclidis, ex Praxithea, quorum haec ab Hercule, ille ab Aesculapio descendit. Proavus eius Gnosidicus, libri de fracturis Auctor, ut Galen. ait. Auditor Democratis, ut… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Hippocrates — (5th c. BC) Greek physician. Hippocrates was a contemporary of Socrates . Little is known of him except that he was short, travelled much, and probably died at Larissa. The Corpus Hippocraticum or body of writing to which his name became attached …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Hippocrates — biographical name circa 460 circa 377 B.C. father of medicine Greek physician …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Hippocrates — Unter dem Namen Hippokrates gab es in der Antike acht bekannte Persönlichkeiten: Hippokrates von Kos, berühmtester Arzt der Antike Hippokrates von Chios, Mathematiker und Astronom Hippokrates (Gesandter Hannibals) Hippokrates, lakedaimonischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hippocrates — noun A Greek physician, circa 5th century BC, sometimes called the father of medicine …   Wiktionary

  • HIPPOCRATES —    the father of medicine, born at Cos, 460 B.C.; was a contemporary of Socrates and Plato; was of wide spread renown as a physician; settled in Thessaly and died at Larissa advanced in years; no fewer than 60 writings are ascribed to him, but… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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