HIPPOCRATES, the great Greek doctor who lived 2,400 years ago, is often called the Father of Medicine. Doctors of today revere him as the founder of their profession. In an earlier book of mine (The Great Doctors) the first chapter dealt with Hippocrates.
But medicine is far older than Hippocrates. Medicine is as old as pain itself. In the darkness of the prehistoric past, witch doctors toiled to relieve the torment of the sick. In sunblessed Egypt, medicine was an old and established craft 6,000 years ago. In Sumer, the land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, doctors served the ill after the fashion of their time when Greece was still a land of barbarians. In China, in India, in many parts of the ancient world, medicine had a long and fascinating tradition.
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