- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (24 Nov. 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140444513
- ISBN-13: 978-0140444513
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hippocratic Writings (Classics) Paperback – 24 Nov 1983
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Hippocrates (460 BC- 377 BC) became known as the founder of medicine and was regarded as the greatest physician of his time. He based his medical practice on observations and on the study of the human body. He founded a medical school on the island of Kos, Greece and began teaching his ideas. He soon developed an Oath of Medical Ethics for physicians to follow; this Oath is taken by physicians today as they begin their medical practice.
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One can actually read and get some insight into how physicians in ancient Greece were trained and how they thought about healthcare. Having said that and having read through the entire book, I can confidently say that large parts of the book don't make a "good read", being either repetitive or obsessed with certain observations or ideas that the writer is trying to prove.
I have a hard time imagining anyone other than a physician with 10+ years of experience (this author) or a determined scholar trying to slog through the texts and getting something out of it. There are not a lot of areas where a modern day physician can read Hippocrates to gain wisdom into current day healthcare. There are definitely a few, but they are pretty well buried and no longer than a sentence or two.
It may take some thought to realize this, but Hippocrates' writings were probably so important because they are such an extensive listing of healthcare issues. Almost all of what Hipporates has to say about why things are the way there are is wrong, but he is pretty good, at least, when it comes to observation and writing down what he sees. The section on embryology, all observational, was fairly amazing.
Keep in mind that much of what ancient physicians did was tell people if they were going to get better or not, so in this respect, the book was good in informing the ancient physician, and in this area, I did get a feeling that Hippocrates did convey some still relevant observations. Treatment was less of an issue, though there was a section on broken bones, setting them, which I found difficult to read, though an orthopedic surgeon reading this section may get more out of it.
Lastly, (FYI) even though the writings in this edition are attributed to Hippocrates, no one is sure that he wrote any of them. The writings may just be from his school or followers. Thankfully, it was a good, very readable translation.
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