, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 369-372
Date: 26 Feb 2014

The application of Hippocratic principles to pediatric radiology

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Hippocrates of Kos, universally acknowledged as the “father of western medicine,” and his writings have largely become the province of scholars of classical Greece and the history of medicine. The millennia-old Hippocratic Oath is often replaced in medical schools by more contemporary substitutes or done away with. One can reasonably ask if Hippocrates has any relevance to medicine in the age of molecular imaging, gene-based therapy and other remarkable advances in the modern medical world. That a widely known and admired physician named Hippocrates lived in the 5th Century, B.C., is assured by mention of him in the writings of Plato (Protagoras 311B, Phaedrus 270 C-E) [1] and Aristotle (Politics 1326a) [2], among others. He was a member of the family of Asklepiades [3] and, as legend has it, was in the 16th lineal generation of descent from the classical physician-god, Asklepius. He was taught medicine by his father and grandfather in the classical tradition of medical apprenticeship ...

This paper was presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Pediatric Radiology, Athens, Greece, June 1, 2012.