English_Master February 28, 2016 No Comments
ANCIENT GREEK MEDICINE While, Greek Medicine particularly from the 5th century B. C onwards, increasingly used scientific method to develop cures, there still however remained people that considered medicine to be a religion. The ancient Greeks (Hellenic) made important discoveries about the human body and health, so by the sixth century BC, medicinal practices focused largely on a more clinical approach involving observation. Their discoveries were made by firstly studying the human anatomy using dissection and vivisection, finding ways to heal such things such as plants and herbs, then finally practicing surgery on the human body using different instruments. Before the scientific method developed, most people saw medicine as a religion, and believed that superstitions, evil spirits, and punishments caused illness from the gods. The best-known ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, made several important medical discoveries in Ancient Greece. He was born on the island of Cos, living from 460 B.C. – 377 B. C, and is revered as the” ‘Father of Medicine’, He was the first man to make medicine a profession and to see medicine as a science and not a religion. Hippocrates devised an oath, which every new doctor still swears to this day. Hippocrates and his followers looked at the cause of the disease rather than...
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