Marble relief of Asclepius and Hygieia. Therme of Salonika, classical period, last quarter of the 5th ct. BC. Istanbul Archaeological Museum inv. no. 109 T (Mendel 91). PD-US, Wikimedia.
“I swear by Apollo The Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the Gods and Goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.”
The above is from the original Hippocratic Oath — a statement of loyalty to a very specific code of ethics taken by healers and physicians, derived from the wisdom of master-physician of ancient Greece, Hippocrates.
Hippocrates also emphasized the merits of apple cider vinegar and walking – he was wise indeed!
The Hippocratic Oath taken by modern-day physicians weeded out the overt references to the Greek pantheon, though still focuses very much on the heart and spirit of the original –…
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