|Birth name||Hippocrates of Kos|
|Nickname(s)||The Great Hippocrates|
Father of Medicine
|Born||c. 460 BC|
|Died||c. 380 BC|
|Appeared in||Season 3 ERB News|
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Hippocrates of Kos, whose name is translated from Greek 'Ιπποκρατης Hippokratēs, was an Ancient Greek physician born around 460 BC. He was supposedly the ancestor of Heracles and was, according to Aristotle, labelled Hippocrates the Great for his service to medicine. He also founded and inspired the entire school of medicine, which, initially formed from his apprentices, was an official school of medicine, that set the standards for treatment for a few generations.
Hippocrates' school was different than modern standards in medicine, focusing on using thorough observations to arrive at a prognosis, rather than making diagnoses and administering direct, invasive treatment, since the effects of drugs were unknown at that time. Hippocrates advised using drugs only when a physician had proved existence of certain diseases in patients in order to avoid causing additional harm from improper and incorrect treatment, a major contributor to medical accidents before his time. He was also a pioneer in the practice of medical ethics.
Although most people think that he coined the Hippocratic Oath, a "prime directive" to "first do no harm" to patients, he just inspired it. The oath itself was actually constituted by his followers. The Hippocratic Oath is still used by doctors and physicians to this day.