OLYMPICS: HIPPOCRATES IN OLYMPIA

OLYMPICS: HIPPOCRATES IN OLYMPIA


[MUSIC PLAYING] -The Olympic games were
launched in the 8th century before Christ. Apart from heat, humidity,
contaminated water, and insects, they ran
the risk of injuries that demanded first aid and
immediate medical attention. Needless to say, boxing
and wrestling injuries were not casual, but deliberate. Each athlete tried
to gain victory by injuring his opponent,
thus obliging him to concede. In the pancratium, the
risk was even greater, as this was the roughest
contest– a combination of body-to-body fighting and
boxing where any kind of blow was permitted. Pancratium athletes
risked their lives to win their olive branches. They all, without exception,
needed medical treatment after the contest. Unfortunately, we do not
have much medical evidence or testimony. But according to the
mythology record, the first medicine
man, shaman, was Orpheus, the legendary musician
who was sent by the gods to protect humans from diseases. The most famous of
these was certainly Hippocrates, the
great physician who exercised a permanent influence
on the development of medicine and the evolution
of doctors ethic. The Hippocratic Oath is
perhaps the greatest gift of Hippocrates to humanity. It contains the promise
by the physician to safeguard the highest
human and professional duties by leading a simple
and honorable life, and by practicing
medicine honorably. Hippocrates was present
during the ancient Olympics, not only in the sense that there
should be need for physicians, but also because of the
broader philosophical ideas he represented. And it is certainly to be
hoped that Hippocrates’s wisdom will continue to
be present today in all the modern Olympiads. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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