Medicine Is a Deontic Discipline

  • Kazem Sadegh-Zadeh
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 119)


Vita brevis, ars longa. This is the Latin translation of the first two lines of an aphorism by Hippocrates which reads: It shows that in Ancient Greece medicine was viewed as an art, téchne. The view persisted in Western medicine until medical research joined the methodology of natural sciences in the late eighteenth century. The judgment soon emerged that medicine had been an unscientific endeavor in the past and had now become a scientific discipline: “Medicine will be a science, or it will not be” (Naunyn 1909, p. 1348).


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theory of MedicineUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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