Hippocrates

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    • In 400BC, Hippocrates suggested that diseases have internal, personal causes they were not caused by gods or spirits
    • He said the body contains four humours - fluids: Black bile, yellow bile, blood and phlegm. human beings became ill when these humours were unbalanced
    • Hippocrates took care to observe and record all patients symptoms.
    • He said that people should lead simple balanced lives in order to keep these four humours in balance
    • Hippocrates ideas were a  major turning point because: He wrote books and recorded his ideas.
      • His ideas were followed by Galen and formed the basis of medicine practice and theory for 2000 years in some cases until the nineteenth century.
        • He emphasised clinical observation and importance of keeping records

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