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Greek doctors

Source analysis: Writings of Hippocrates

Greek doctors

A doctor must be able to remember all the drugs and their uses. You must get your medicine ready in good time. You must visit your patients often and be careful when you examine them. When you enter a patient's room, be calm and remember your bedside manners. Sometimes the patient may need telling off, sometimes comforting.

Hippocrates, 'On Behaviour' (500BC)

The Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo, Asklepios and by all the gods that I will keep this oath. I will use treatment to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgement but never with a view to injury or wrongdoing. I will not give poison to anybody. I will be pure and holy in my life and practice. I will keep secret anything I see or hear professionally which ought not to be told.

From Hippocrates

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