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Emily Traynor Benny Goldberg HPS 0515/HIST 0089 31 January 2008 Understanding the Nature of Medicine Some say Hippocrates is the father of all medicine. Whether or not this statement is true, it is easy to see how one could believe it. Hippocrates’ most well known philosophies mainly focus on medicine; how it came to be, how it is viewed, how it will progress, and so on. His philosophies greatly reflect the understanding of medicine the Greeks and Romans of this era possessed. Their view of medicine was different from that of ours today; their view was more romanticized, viewed as more of an art, while today it is seen mainly as just a science. One main subject in Hippocrates’ theories about medicine is food. He talks much about how he believes at one point in time humans could eat the same types of food as animals: raw meats, all kinds of vegetation. He states that as humans realized how such “strong” foods can harm us, we began to experiment with cooking, mixing, and diluting
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HPS 0515 taught by Professor Goldberg during the Spring '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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