Hippocrates the Great or Hippocrates of Cos

Born around 460 BC. BC on the island of Kos and died around 370 BC. AD in Larissa, is a Greek physician of the Periclean century, but also a philosopher, traditionally considered the “father of medicine” because he is the oldest Greek physician in whom historians have sources, these are largely legendary and apocryphal .

He founded the Hippocratic Medicine School that revolutionized medicine intellectually in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from the other disciplines of knowledge to which it had traditionally been united (including theurgy and philosophy), thus making medicine a profession In herself.

Bust of Peter Paul Rubens, 1638