Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, and was considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of medicine.
The Hippocratic Oath (OrkoV) is perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards. One of the best known prohibitions is, "to do no harm" (epi dhlhsei de kai adikihi eirxein)
Little is known about who wrote it or first used it, but it appears to be more ...view middle of the document...
He also extended clinical observations into family history and environment in accordance with his theory. "To him medicine owes the art of clinical inspection and observationâ€ Hippocrates made careful, regular note of many symptoms including complexion, pulse, fever, pains, movement, and excretions. ethods of treatment
In accordance with the focus on patient care, Hippocratic medicine was very kind to the patient, sterile and gentle whenever possible. For example, only clean water or wine was used on wounds, though "dry" treatment was preferable. Specifications for, "lighting, personnel, instruments, positioning of the patient, and techniques of bandaging and splinting" in the ancient operating room.
I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract:
To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons,...