Ancient Times

Hippocrates of Cos

"To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy."



Hippocrates of Cos (c. 460 BC–c. 380 BC) was an ancient Greek physician. He has been called "the father of medicine", and is commonly regarded as one of the most outstanding figures in medicine of all time.


According to the biographical tradition, he was a physician trained at the Dream temple of Cos, and may have been a pupil of Herodicus. Writings attributed to him (Corpus hippocraticum, or "Hippocratic writings") rejected the superstition and magic of primitive "medicine" and laid the foundations of medicine as a branch of science.


Attributed sayings of Hippocrates include: "He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor, but a fool," and "There are in fact, two things: science, and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance."


Little is actually known about Hippocrates' personal life, but some of his medical achievements were documented by such people as Plato and Aristotle. (Read also about the ''Hypocratic Oath'') - THE END