What Are Some Famous Sayings or Quotes From Hippocrates?


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Some famous quotes from Hippocrates are "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable" and "When the disease is at its height, it will then be necessary to use the most slender diet," as translated from Greek to English by Francis Adams. All of the most famous sayings by Hippocrates can be found in the "Aphorisms of Hippocrates" collection.

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Hippocrates was a classical Greek physician that lived between 460 B.C. and 370 B.C. Many refer to him as the "Father of Western Medicine," as many of his teachings were revolutionary in the field of medicine. Hippocrates is generally considered the first person to believe that diseases occur naturally and not because of gods or spirits, which marked a huge shift in medical thought. There are some memorable quotes attributed to Hippocrates from the collection "The Aphorisms of Hippocrates."

"We must form a particular judgment of the patient, whether he will support the diet until the acme of the disease, and whether he will sink previously and not support the diet, or the disease will give way previously, and become less acute."

"Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate."

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