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date: 04 March 2024

Hippocrates c.460–357 bc
Greek physician 

  1. Life is short, the art long.
    often quoted as ‘Ars longa, vita brevis’, after Seneca's rendering in De Brevitate Vitae sect. 1
    Aphorisms sect. 1, para. 1 (tr. W. H. S. Jones); see Chaucer
  2. Extreme remedies are most appropriate for extreme diseases.
    Aphorisms sect. 1, para. 6 (tr. W. H. S. Jones)
  3. When two pains occur together, but not in the same place, the more violent obscures the other.
    Aphorisms sect 2, no 46
  4. As to diseases, make a habit of two things—to help, or at least to do no harm.
  5. I swear by Apollo the physician, by Asclepius, by Health, by Panacea and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgement, this oath and this indenture.
    The Hippocratic Oath (tr. W. H. S. Jones)
  6. I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgement, but never with a view to injury or wrong-doing. Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course.
    The Hippocratic Oath (tr. W. H. S. Jones)
  7. I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein.
    The Hippocratic Oath (tr. W. H. S. Jones)
  8. And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course of my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge holding such things to be holy secrets.
    The Hippocratic Oath
  9. Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
    Precepts ch. 1 (tr. W. H. S. Jones, 1923)
  10. An insolent reply from a polite person is a bad sign.