Authors: Theofanis Giannis; Thanasis Paschalis; Gail Rosseau; Konstantinos Fountas (LARISA, Greece)
Hippocrates of Kos is traditionally considered to be the father of modern medicine. His contribution to the world was prodigious, regarding the transition from the ancient years’ superstitions about diseases to the establishment of medicine as a science. Although there is a large body of studies about Hippocrates’ early life, the last and most productive from scientific standpoint part of it remains less explored.
A thorough review of the pertinent Greek and English literature was performed, in order to lighten Hippocrates’ last days of life in Larissa, Greece. Furthermore, local and regional records and sources were included in our current communication.
Hippocrates was a committed reformer of the way people thought about the concepts of disease, diagnosis, and treatment, while he served with devotion his noble vision until the end of his life. Hippocrates travelled and practiced medicine in many places including Kos, Thrace, Thessaly, and the Asia Minor.Τhe purpose of his journeys was primarily to observe the influence of people’s lifestyle and climate particularities into their health, as well as to describe the endemic diseases of each place. There are many references that Hippocrates’ tomb could be found a few kilometers outside the city of Larissa, at least until the beginning of the 19th century. The tomb was surrounded at that time by graves of known locals. The strongest witness is provided by a local physician in 1857, who describes the discovery of a sarcophagus with a few ancient coins, a snake-shaped chain, and a tombstone with Hippocrates name on it, but without having any signs of human remains in it.
Hippocrates spent his most productive period of his life in Larissa, Thessaly serving with great devotion his vision until his death, in c. 370 BC. He inherited his legacy to the world.