The Father of Medicine Honored on Gold and Silver Coins

December 4, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

December 3, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

The Bank of Greece has issued (2nd December) two new coins which honor the man who is universally acknowledged as the father of western medicine. Hippocrates of Cos (460-377 B.C.) is remembered as the physician who based the art of healing on rational principles and liberating it from divine intervention and/or superstition. He perceived the human being as a whole entity, and health as resulting from multiple factors, including environmental and dietary ones. The Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of works left by Hippocrates and his students, deals with practically all branches of medicine and systematically records clinical symptoms and treatments, always in line with the principle “to do good, or to do no harm“. The Hippocratic Oath remains – all over the world as the guide to medical ethics and practice to this day.

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