Hippocrates of Kos
Engraving by Peter Paul Rubens, 1638
|Born||c. 460 BC|
|Died||c. 370 BC|
Larissa, Ancient Greece
|Title||The Father of Western Medicine|
Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was a Greek doctor who is called the "father of medicine". He was the first person to teach that people got sick for scientific reasons. Previously, people believed that disease was caused by angry gods.
Many of Hippocrates' writings are still important to doctors. For example, patient confidentiality, meaning that doctors can only discuss a patient with the patient themselves. Another of his ideas is to never knowingly lead a patient to suffering or death. These kinds of ideas are part of medical ethics.
The Hippocratic Oath is named after him. This is a set of rules which doctors promise to obey. This is an example of a modern Hippocratic Oath used at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
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