Quotes By Hippocrates
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)