from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Hippocrates Called "the Father of Medicine.” 460?-377? B.C. Greek physician who laid the foundations of scientific medicine by freeing medical study from the constraints of philosophical speculation and superstition. He is traditionally but inaccurately considered the author of the Hippocratic oath.
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- proper n. A Greek physician, circa 5th century BC, sometimes called the "father of medicine."
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- n. A famous Greek physician and medical writer, born in Cos, about 460 b. c.
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- n. medical practitioner who is regarded as the father of medicine; author of the Hippocratic oath (circa 460-377 BC)
For instance: First, as in Hippocrates, do no harm.
Jardin des Plantes, who has been called the Hippocrates of magnetism, has left the following account of Mesmer's experiments:
Following the idea of Hippocrates, he seeks the cause of disease in the change of the fundamental humours (humoral pathology).
-- Do you know (with great awe) there are dungeons called Hippocrates 'Sleeves, the walls of which slope like the inside of a funnel tapering to a point, so that those who are put inside them can neither lie, sit, nor stand?
Another singularity presents itself in this species, which is, a deep pouch-like appendage beneath the throat, in shape not unlike what is called Hippocrates's sleeve, or rather a jelly bag.
Starting at the time of Hippocrates, which is to say around 450 BC, until the early 19th century, the most commonly held view of human well being among physicians was referred to as
Hippocrates, that is, to lose his own face, and look like some of his near relations; for he maintained not his proper countenance, but looked like his uncle, the lines of whose face lay deep and invisible in his healthful visage before: for as from our beginning we run through variety of looks, before we come to consistent and settled faces; so before our end, by sick and languishing alterations, we put on new visages: and in our retreat to earth, may fall upon such looks which from community of seminal originals were before latent in us.
And the contrary to this is the facies Hippocratica, or countenance so well described by Hippocrates, which is pale, cold, and shrunk; all which are owing to the inactivity of the secerning vessels, the paleness from there being less red blood passing through the capillaries, the coldness of the skin from there being less secretion of perspirable matter, and the shrunk appearance from there being less mucus secreted into the cells of the cellular membrane.
Many ancient physicians such as Hippocrates, and even medical practitioners, from modern times are advocating it.
The name "Hippocrates" obviously never meant a great deal to this bloke.