Philosophy and Hippocratic Ethic in Ancient Greek Society: Evolution of Hospital - Sanctuaries

Open Access Maced J Med Sci. 2019 Oct 13;7(19):3353-3357. doi: 10.3889/oamjms.2019.474. eCollection 2019 Oct 15.


The aim of this paper is to offer a new perspective of the Hippocratic thought and how it influenced the evolution of the medical art till now, highlighting the ethical aspects and hospital born from ancient temples and sanctuary. Ethics is defined as a set of values, principles, and rules that regulate human behavior and relate to how human actions can significantly affect not only their own lives but also the lives of others. The essence of a culture can be perceived by the philosophy and the means by which is placed against the illness and its treatment. In this sense, the medical anthropology of every age is an indicator of its culture and help us understand its basic dimensions such as life and death.

Keywords: Asklepieions; Ethics; Hippocrates; Hospital-sanctuaries; Medical art; Professional diligence.