Ancient Greece

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  • flourished between 1000BC and 300BC
  • influenced by Egyptians
  • world controlled by many Gods
  • two sides of medicine; religion and logical philosophy


  • God of Healing
  • people stayed at temples called Asclepions when they were ill
  • most popular in the 5th and 4th century BC
  • underwent ceremonial washing, make a sacrifice to God and slept in an Abaton
  • Abaton: narrow building with a roof but no solid walls so it was open to air
  • whilst sleeping there the God was supposed to come to them in a dream and cure them
  • snake was the animal of Asclepios
  • daughters were Hygeia and Panacea
  • hygiene = cleanliness
  • panacea = remedy for all illness
  • women were allowed to be doctors in Ancient Greece
  • power of positive thinking - if they believed they would get better, their health improved
  • good habits - washed, rested and relaxed
  • large pits hid bodies of the dead


  • sought to devise rational explanations and logical codes of conduct
  • religion was interwoven with their logic

Hippocrates - Founding Father of Modern Medicine

  • Hippocratic Oath = promise made by doctors to obey rules of behaviour in their…


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