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Hippocrates the central historical figure in Greek medicine was born in Kos between 470-460 BC He was born of an ancestor of Aselepios the son of Apollo named Heraklides He greatened his education by traveling He traveled often and widely before he settled in Kos to practice and teach medicineHippocrates taught in Athens and worked on squaring the circle and also worked on duplicating the cube He grew far in these areas and although his work is not lost it must have contained much of what Euclid later included in Books One and Two of the ElementsHe believed that experience and mind with speech are the criteria of the knowledge And according to Hippocrates the diseases are not due to the wrath of God but to natural causes which bring disturbances in the function of the organism He was set against any idea of sacerdotalism the belief that priests can act as mediators between God and human beings and also opposed the spirit of trade-unionism in medicine He was concerned with the physicians duties not the rights This brought on the greatest legacy of Hippocrates the Hippocratic OathThe Hippocratic Oath was the example for medical etiquette for centuries and endures in modified form today There is some uncertainty about when it was composed the purposed for which it was intended and the historical forces which shaped the document It is said to have been written in the fifth century BC Its principles have slightly changed if at all regardless of the place and time social systems or religious beliefs It is the basis for graduates of medical schools and the health professions all over the worldTranslated the Hippocratic Oath is against suicide and abortion which were in consonance with the principles of the Christian Church Suicide was not proscribed by ancient religions mostly because they did not know of any eternal punishment for those who had ended their own lives It is also against surgical
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