Greek Medicine Timeline

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  • 800 BCE - 700 BCE
    Homer's Iliad is composed with mention of medical treatment in Greek warfare.
  • 700 BCE
    First Greek medical school opens in Cnidus.
  • c. 500 BCE
    Asclepius becomes principal god of worship at Epidaurus.
  • c. 460 BCE - c. 370 BCE
    Traditional dates for the life of Hippocrates in Greece, the "father of medicine" and inventor of the Hippocratic Oath for physicians.
  • 400 BCE - 390 BCE
    A sanctuary to Asclepius is built at Agrigento.
  • 325 BCE - 280 BCE
    Life of Herophilus of Chalcedon, who studied the brain and the nervous system, attributing intelligence to the brain.