1850, France (2nd Republic). Silver "St. André Hospital of Bordeaux" Medal. XF-AU!
Mint Place: Paris Mint Year: ca. 1850 Denomination: Medal Medallist: J.B.J Constant Reference: Brettauer 2848, Storer 4891. Condition: Struck with matted-dies, otherwise XF-AU! Weight: 17.88gm Diameter: 36mm Material: Silver
Obverse: Bearded bust of Hippocrates of Kos (Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine) right. Medallist´s signature (J.B.J. CONSTANT) below. Legend: CHEF DE SERVICE MÉDICAL ("Head of medical service.")
Reverse: Perspective view of the main enterance of the St. André Hospital in Bordeaux. Legend: HOSPTAL DE St. ANDRÉ Exergue: BORDEAUX
Hippocrates of Kos (/hɪˈpɒkrətiːz/; Greek: Ἱπποκράτης ὁ Κῷος, translit. Hippokrátēs ho Kṓos; c. 460 – c. 370 BC), also known as Hippocrates II, was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is often referred to as the "Father of Medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields with which it had traditionally been associated (theurgyand philosophy), thus establishing medicine as a profession.
However, the achievements of the writers of the Corpus, the practitioners of Hippocratic medicine and the actions of Hippocrates himself were often commingled; thus very little is known about what Hippocrates actually thought, wrote, and did. Hippocrates is commonly portrayed as the paragon of the ancient physician, and credited with coining the Hippocratic Oath, which is still relevant and in use today. He is also credited with greatly advancing the systematic study of clinical medicine, summing up the medical knowledge of previous schools, and prescribing practices for physicians through the Hippocratic Corpus and other works.
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