Internet Wiretap Edition of
OATH AND LAW OF HIPPOCRATES
From "Harvard Classics Volume 38"
Copyright 1910 by P.F. Collier and Son.
This text is placed in the Public Domain, June 1993.
HIPPOCRATES, the celebrated Greek physician, was a contemporary
of the historian Herodotus. He was born in the island of Cos between
470 and 460 B.C., and belonged to the family that claimed descent
from the mythical AEsculapius, son of Apollo. There was already a
long medical tradition in Greece before his day, and this he is
supposed to have inherited chiefly through his predecessor Herodicus;
and he enlarged his education by extensive travel. He is said,
though the evidence is unsatisfactory, to have taken part in the
efforts to check the great plague which devastated Athens at the
beginning of the Peloponnesian war. He died at Larissa between 380
and 360 B.C.
The works attributed to Hippocrates are the earliest extant
Greek medical writings, but very many of them are certainly . . .