The practice of medicine existed even in the earliest periods of recorded human history. The fifth century BC was the golden age of Greek medicine and it was during this period that Asclepid Hippocrates (born around 460 BC), introduced scientific system of administering medicine which was till then dominated by religious and mystic practices.
Hippocrates embodied the ideal virtues of a physician such as knowledge, readiness to help, purity of life, compassion, skill and patrotism. Hippocratic medicine was based on practice as well as theory, with little emphasis on anatomy. The history of Indian medicine dates back to 3000 BC and the excavations of Mohanjadaro and Harappa throw light on medical practices that flourished at that age which consisted mainly of religious, magical and empirical procedures.
“Ayurveda” (the science of life) is considered an off-shoot of the Rigverda. It laid emphasis not only on healing, but also on the prolongation … Read More