Hence, he is referred to as the father of Western medicine, and the Hippocratic School
of medicine made a lasting contribution to the field.
His own writings and teachings--shrouded in the mists of history--can be synthesized in the subsequent research and practices of the Hippocratic School
, which revolutionized and professionalized the study of medicine in ancient Greece, charting a course that doctors have followed for more than 2,000 years.
The phrase does not appear in the oath, though a similar phrase is found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school
: "Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient." The exact phrase is believed to have originated with the 19th-century surgeon Thomas Inman.
He is referred to as the "Father of Medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School
He argues that the Hippocratic school
understood dunamis as "the distinctive affective capacity (or capacities) of any specific existent, that is, those causal capacities that belong to an object because it is specifically what it is: the hot (heat) is the dunamis of fire, for example, and anything which lacks the dunamis of the hot is not fire" (28-29).
According to Sir William Osler, "The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head."  Osler noted in 1932 that the medical profession had four other laudable features: 1) its noble beginnings in the skeptical and critical Hippocratic school
, 2) its remarkable solidarity, 3) its progressive nature, and 4) its existence for the benefit of others.