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Miller1 On Ancient Medicine by Hippocrates Freddie Miller Mr. Simson Survey of World History to 1500 1111-207 November 20, 2007
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Miller2 Freddie Miller Mr. Simson Survey of World History to 1500 1111-207 November 20, 2007 The era of classical Greece saw the accomplishments of many brilliant scholars, in particular, the father of medicine, Hippocrates. Prior to Hippocrates, little had been studied or accomplished in the field of medicine. In fact, the majority of “pre-Hippocratic” medical treatments were religious or superstitious, blaming health symptoms on evil deities. Moreover, the main healer prior to Hippocrates was Apollo or other gods of the Greek pantheon who held healing powers. With the observations of Hippocrates came a transition of medical treatment from superstition to the scientific studies. Hippocrates was responsible for many brilliant achievements; at the forefront of his efforts were his writings that offered enlightenment into the science of medicine. There is not a better first hand account that is able to provide such knowledge and insight into classical Greek medicine. This literature, survives in a multi-chapter compilation known as The Hippocratic Writings , they can be considered his memoirs, a manual to teach, and a means to validate the effectiveness of the science of medicine. Hippocrates, and Mark John Schiefsky, On Ancient Medicine. Studies In Ancient Medicine , 2005, 1) Within The Hippocratic Writings , stand out two sections, “The Oath” and “On Ancient Medicine.” “The Oath,” is a standard set by “the father of medicine” of classical Greek medical practices. “On Ancient Medicine” is an attack on the opponent of Hippocratic
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Miller3 medicine and a manual for classical Greek physicians. These writings were written by Hippocrates in the 5-6 Century B.C.E. (Hippocrates, and Mark John Schiefsky, On Ancient Medicine. Studies In Ancient Medicine , 2005, 63-64) My methodology for this investigation came from an interest in rules of the first Olympic Games. After being led into a dead end of David Gilman Romano’s work, it was apparent that the rules could not be found. It was then that I ended up reading about Aristotle’s accomplishments. Knowing that I have a library in the house with Aristotle’s writings, I narrowed my primary source selection to the Athenian Constitution or Rhetoric . Thereafter, I had the impulse of researching a topic that dealt with my major (biology).
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This essay was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 1111 taught by Professor Simson during the Fall '07 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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