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One of the most extraordinary works in the history of medical literature – one that should be known to every physician, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and student of human nature – the Hippocratic Corpus comes from a collection of medical works first assembled in the ancient library at Alexandria and ascribed to the greatest physician of ancient times, Hippocrates of Cos.

What we know of the life of the Founder of Christianity and how much He did for the ailing poor would will lead us to conclude that the religion that He established would foster the care and the cure of future suffering humanity. As I outline in our books,the first works of Christian service was organized care for the sick.  History records that the first hospitals were Christian, and is a conspicuous mark upon the landscape of humanity. Historical records are rich with medical practices, discoveries and healing traditions from diverse civilizations, including the Greeks, the Romans, the Essenes, the Therapeutae, the Arabs, the Chinese, the Hindus, and the Native Americans, to name just a few. These cultures even produced healing temples, spas, and clinics. But the record of antiquity prior to and apart from the influence of Christianity is astonishingly vacant when it comes to the hospital as we know it today.


The early Christian and medieval age is probably the most difficult period of medical history to understand properly, but it is worth while taking the trouble to follow out the thread of medical tradition from the Greeks to the Jews, Christians, and Arabs, and how the Renaissance medical writers began modern medicine as we now know it today. 

Distinguished Christian writers and scholars, and the Fathers of the Church in the early centuries paid much attention to medical care. In monastic medicine, diagnosis and the taxonomy of illness were central. Diagnosis in the medieval literature was called discernment (diakrisis). Discernment was to differentiate an illness caused by demons or one caused by natural elements. Discernment also was important to identify malingers who would pretend illness in order to receive food and shelter.

The rise of modern medicine is associated with the Renaissance period. The scientific revolution got underway with the gutenburg press and the Protestant Reformation. Following came advances in chemistry and pharmacy, paralleling advances in anatomy and physiology. We hold all these advances sacred. Medicine at its best, has been largely advanced by Christian ideals. However, we do not slight Jewish, Arabic, Persian, and Oriental contributions.

The Order is compiling and digitzing a large reference library for availablity to its members.





Sir Charles Bell - AmŽdŽe Pichot

Claude Bernard - Foster, M. (Michael), Sir, 1836-1907

Boerhaave's Aphorisms: Concerning the Knowledge and Cure of Diseases - Herman Boerhaave, J . Delacoste

Experimental researches on specific therapeutics - Paul Ehrlich

Trabajos selectos del Dr. Carlos J. Finlay. Selected papers of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay - Finlay, Carlos Juan, 1833-1915

The life of Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin - Maurois, Andre, 1885-1967

The works of John Fothergill (Volume 1) - Fothergill, John, 1712-1780

The works of John Fothergill (Volume 2)

Galen and Paracelsus - Dalton, John Call, 1825-1889

Albrechts von Haller Tagebuch seiner Beobachtungen Ÿber Schriftsteller und ... - Albrecht von Haller

Hippocratic Corpus

Hippocrates (Volume 1) – Hoeniger, F. David                      

              Hippocrates (Volume 2) -

              Hippocrates (Volume 3) -

              Hippocrates (Volume 4)


Sebastian Kneipp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Observations on m. Laennec's method of forming a diagnosis of the diseases of the chest by means ... - Charles Scudamore

 Life and Letters of Thomas Hodgkin ...: [Illustr.] 2. ed. - Louise Creighton

 Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated - Birnbaum, Max, 1862-


Joseph Lister - Professor Sir Roddy MacSween Honorary President of the Glasgow Southern Medical Society and speaker for the evening, Professor Sir Roddy MacSween, relates the life and work of Joseph Lister.

 Life and times of Ambroise Pare with a new translation of his Apology and an account of his journeys in divers places - ParŽ, Ambroise, 1510-1590

 Men against death - De Kruif, Paul, 1890-1971

 Moses Maimonides - Israel Friedlaender

 The life of Pasteur - Vallery-Radot, RenŽ, 1853-1933

 Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis: Sein Leben und wirken - Fritz SchŸrer von Waldheim, Ignʹac FŸlšp



Timeline of Christian missions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

History of medicine ; a brief outline of medical history from the earliest historic period with an extended account of the various sects of physicians and new schools of medicine in later centuries - Wilder, Alexander, 1823-1908




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