HIPPOCRATES (460-375 B.C.) was born on Cos, an island just off the coast of Asia Minor. He belonged to the famous medical family of the Aesclepiades. During his life he was a very famous physician.
The Hippocratic Corpus, the most important group of medical works from classic Greece, contains many of his own works. He has been famous throughout the ages for his classic description of disease, his attribution of natural rather than divine forces as a cause of disease, and the high standard of professional ethics contained in the famous Oath.