Why is Hippocrates known as the ‘father of Medicine’?
Hippocrates a Greek Physician, born in 460B.C. on the island of Cos, Greece. He was regarded as the greatest physician of his time. He based his medical practice on observation and on the study of the human body.
Hippocrates believed that illness had a physical and rational explanation. He did not consider illness to be caused by superstitions and by possession of evil spirits. He accurately described disease symptoms and was the first physician to describe the symptoms of pneumonia as well as epilepsy in children. He believed in the natural healing process of rest, a good diet, fresh air, and cleanliness.
Hippocrates developed an ‘Oath of Medical Ethics’ for physicians to follow. This oath is taken by physicians in many parts of the world today.
Because of his enormous contribution to medicine, Hippocrates is known as the father of Medicine’.