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Hippocrates was a doctor. I did not really pick him, although he is very interesting. I drew him out of a cup. He is known as the father of medicine. Hippocrates lived a long time ago.

Hippocrates was born in about 460 B.C. He grew up in the ancient Greek Island of Cos. The time period was the time of the Greeks. He was the first person to practice today's true medicine.

Hippocrates made many contributes to today's world. He gave us the Hippocratic Oath. This oath that all doctors take before becoming an official doctor. Hippocrates also gave us the Hippocratic Collection, or Corpus Hippocraticus. Another major contributes were the writings about Air, Water, and Places. These writings are primarily about what to do when sick and too keep from getting sick. All of there writings are what gives Hippocrates his name: the Father of Medicine. Another major thing that he gave was a medical school.

A vast majority of these were found in the Library of Alexandria, in around 200 B.C.

This is the Hippocratic oath. I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation"”to reckon him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his of offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples...

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