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(late 5th century b.c.). “Father of Medicine.” Son of a priest-physician, he was born on the island of Cos. By stressing that there is a natural cause for disease he did much to dissociate the care of the sick from the influence of magic and superstition. His carefully kept records of treatment and solicitous observation of ill persons provided a foundation for clinical medicine in the case report; by also reporting unsuccessful methods of treatment, he anticipated the modern scientific attitude. See also hippocratic oath.
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Hippocrates(hĭ-pŏk′rə-tēz′) Known as "the Father of Medicine." 460?-377? bc.
Greek physician who is associated with a body of influential writings that emphasized natural rather than supernatural causation and the role of nutrition and the environment.
Hip′po·crat′ic (hĭp′ə-krăt′ĭk) adj.
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Hippocrates,Greek physician, 460-370 B.C.
hippocratic - relating to, described by, or attributed to Hippocrates.
hippocratic facies - sunken appearance of facial features seen in dehydration.
hippocratic fingers - clubbing of the fingers.
Hippocratic Oath - an oath demanded of physicians about to enter the practice of their profession.
hippocratic splash - Synonym(s): hippocratic succussion
hippocratic succussion - a diagnostic procedure to test for obstruction of the pylorus of stomach. Synonym(s): hippocratic splash
hippocratism - a system of medicine attributed to Hippocrates and his disciples that is based on the imitation of nature's processes in the therapeutic management of disease.
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