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Bust of Hippocrates

Bust of Hippocrates

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Historical Reproduction - Vintage - Made in Hellas (Greece)

Bronze Painted Ceramic on a Marble Base

Approximately 5” tall

*Some wear on the eyebrow & nose, priced accordingly.

HIPPOCRATES

Hippocrates of Kos, often regarded as the "Father of Medicine," was a prominent Greek physician born around 460 BCE. His name is synonymous with the foundational principles of medical ethics and practice. Renowned for his systematic approach to clinical medicine, Hippocrates emphasized observation, diagnosis, and treatment based on empirical evidence rather than supernatural beliefs, which were prevalent at the time.

Hippocrates is most famously associated with the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of texts that, although not all written by him, embody the principles and methodologies he championed. These texts cover a wide range of medical topics, including diagnosis, epidemics, surgery, and treatments, and they laid the groundwork for the practice of medicine as a profession. Central to his teachings is the Hippocratic Oath, a code of ethics for physicians that underscores the importance of medical confidentiality, non-maleficence, and professional integrity. Though the original oath has been modified over centuries, its core principles continue to influence medical ethics today.

One of Hippocrates' significant contributions was the theory of the four humors—blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile—believed to be essential for maintaining health. According to this theory, disease resulted from an imbalance of these humors, and treatment aimed to restore this balance through diet, lifestyle changes, and natural remedies. While modern medicine has moved beyond the humoral theory, Hippocrates' holistic approach to patient care and his emphasis on prognosis and clinical observation remain influential.

Hippocrates' legacy extends far beyond his lifetime, and he is revered not only for his contributions to medicine but also for his role in establishing a rational and ethical framework for medical practice. His teachings have endured through the centuries, forming the bedrock of Western medical tradition and continuing to inspire physicians and healthcare professionals around the world.

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