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Quotes By Hippocrates

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The ‘Corpus Hippocraticum’, considered the Bible on the ‘Father of Western Medicine’, contains a lot of information on the physician, but also gives rise to the following notions, which research scholars suggest could actually be nothing more than myths, conjured to make the physician look like a generous and noble man:

  • He paid a visit to the ruler of Macedonia, Perdiccas, and treated him of what appeared to be the symptoms of tuberculosis. (However, it turned out to be mere ‘lovesickness’)
  • Hippocrates extended medical help to the fifth King of Persia, Artaxerxes I.

(In fact he denied medical help to Artaxerxes, merely on the grounds that Persia was a rival nation)

  • This revered physician was always ready to help those in need. (Studies however suggest that whenever a warring country was in dire need of medical assistance that only this stalwart could provide, Hippocrates refused to come to their aid and instead warned the Greeks to get ready to combat the same ailments.)
  • Arabian fictional tales state that he had friendly relations with the rulers of Egypt and Persia. The legends also suggest that the Greek physician had an unfortunate affair with a lady from the Gallic Empire. (Both these stories however are now being disregarded as bizarre myths)
  • There is a popular tale that Hippocrates represented the Asclepiadae family on a visit to the town of Delphi. (This story has chances of being true)

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.

- Hippocrates

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.

- Hippocrates

A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.

- Hippocrates

Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

- Hippocrates

Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.

- Hippocrates

Many admire, few know.

- Hippocrates

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.

- Hippocrates

Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.

- Hippocrates

The art is long, life is short.

- Hippocrates

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.

- Hippocrates

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.

- Hippocrates

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.

- Hippocrates

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.

- Hippocrates

Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.

- Hippocrates

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.

- Hippocrates

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