Frases de Hipócrates
Data de nascimento: 460
Hipócrates é considerado por muitos uma das figuras mais importantes da história da Medicina, frequentemente considerado "pai da medicina", apesar de ter desenvolvido tal ciência muito depois de Imhotep, do Egito antigo. É referido como uma das grandes figuras entre Sócrates, Aristóteles durante o florescimento intelectual ateniense . Hipócrates era um asclepíade, isto é, membro de uma família que durante várias gerações praticara os cuidados em saúde.
Nascido numa ilha grega, os dados sobre sua vida são incertos ou pouco confiáveis. Parece certo, contudo, que viajou pela Grécia e que esteve no Oriente Próximo.
Nas obras hipocráticas há uma série de descrições clínicas pelas quais se pode diagnosticar doenças como a malária, papeira, pneumonia [carece de fontes?] e tuberculose. Para o estudioso grego, muitas epidemias relacionavam-se com fatores climáticos, raciais, dietéticos e do meio onde as pessoas viviam. Muitos de seus comentários nos Aforismos são ainda hoje válidos. Seus escritos sobre anatomia contêm descrições claras tanto sobre instrumentos de dissecação quanto sobre procedimentos práticos.
Foi o líder incontestável da chamada "Escola de Cós". O que resta das suas obras testemunha a rejeição da superstição e das práticas mágicas da "saúde" primitiva, direcionando os conhecimentos em saúde no caminho científico.
Hipócrates fundamentou a sua prática na teoria dos quatro humores corporais que, consoante às quantidades relativas presentes no corpo, levariam a estados de equilíbrio ou de doença e dor . Esta teoria influenciou, por exemplo, Galeno, que desenvolveu a teoria dos humores e que dominou o conhecimento até o século XVIII.
Sua ética resume-se no famoso Juramento de Hipócrates. Porém, certos autores afirmam que o juramento teria sido elaborado numa época bastante posterior.
„I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.“
Context: I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.
Context: Timidity betrays want of powers, and audacity a want of skill. There are, indeed, two things, knowledge and opinion, of which the one makes its possessor really to know, the other to be ignorant. 4.
„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“
Context: 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 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 bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. Variant translation: I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfil according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant ... As translated in The Hippocratic Oath : Text, Translation, and Interpretation (1943) , by Ludwig Edelstein.
„Certain s and physicians say that it is not possible for any one to know medicine who does not know what man is“
Context: Certain s and physicians say that it is not possible for any one to know medicine who does not know what man is, and that who ever would cure men properly, must learn this in the first place. But this saying rather appertains to philosophy, as Empedocles and certain others have described what man in his origin is, and how he first was made and constructed. But I think whatever such has been said or written by sophist or physician concerning nature has less connexion with the art of medicine than with the art of painting. And I think that one cannot know anything certain respecting nature from any other quarter than from medicine... Wherefore it appears to me necessary to every physician to be skilled in nature, and strive to know... what man is in relation to the articles of food and drink, and to his other occupations, and what are the effects of each of them to every one.<!--pp. 174-175
„Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time.“
Context: Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time. Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. However, knowing this, one must attend to medical practice not primarily to plausible theories, but to experience combined with reason. For a theory is a composite memory of things apprehended with sense perception. Precepts, Ch. 1, as translated by W. H. S. Jones (1923).