Images of the good doctor in Western medicine

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:710
  1. Cornelius O'Boyle, adjunct associate professor
  1. University of Notre Dame (London Centre)

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    Early Greek medicine was based on the notion that health and disease were consequences of divine intervention. In the fifth century BC a new secular, rational approach to medicine emerged, based on investigations of the human body in terms of natural causes operating in rationally discernible ways. These principles subsequently formed the basis of good medical practice in Western medicine. This painting of a Greek vase, dating from 480-460 …

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