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MEDICINE AROSE FROM MAGIC BUT IS NOT MAGICAL

"Illustration of Works of Hippocrates" (see related A), 1338 Alexios Apokaukos Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Hippocrates, a native of the island of Kos, was born around 460 BC. His knowledge inspired many others to contribute to the "Corpus Hippocraticus" defining Hippocratic Medicine. Hippocrates stands to this day as the icon of the ideal physician. He was the first to separate Medicine from Philosophy and emphasized that Medicine demands a combination of skills with knowledge and guided by a strict professional code of ethics (the very first). Hippocrates also stressed that the "clinical art" rests upon "the study of inspection (signs) and observations (symptoms)". Regarding the Hippocratic Oath mentioned elsewhere, it suffices to say here that "Medical Corporations" marketing "health care" in search of profits fall under the wing of Mercury or Hermes (the protector of thieves and merchants) rather than under Aesculapius (the deity upholding Medical Ethics). 
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