Last updated on: 10/29/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Hippocrates of Kos [Cos] Biography

Title:
Greek physician and philosopher
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan”

“The Hippocratic Oath,” Hippocratic Corpus, date unknown, translated by Michael North, www.nlm.gov, 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Greek physician and philosopher
Education:
  • Considered to have been educated by his father, Heraclides, and his grandfather, dates unknown
  • Considered to have been trained at the Asklepieion of Kos [Cos], dates unknown
Other:
  • Born in Kos [Cos], Greece between 450 and 460 BCE
  • Died in Larissa, Greece between 370 and 380 BCE
  • Hippocrates is credited with writing “The Hippocratic Oath” but many scholars are unsure of the exact authorship. The oath is part of the Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of about 70 texts that are considered the oldest surviving complete medical books, but may have had had multiple authors including Hippocrates’ sons, students, and followers.