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"Our primary purpose in examining the clinical histories of Hippocrates was to find evidence of the early existence of typhus fever. Ozanam and others have stated that Hippocrates described typhus fever, and the case that has often been cited as evidence for such an assumption is that of the second patient in the First Book of Epidemion. This individual, Silenus, “son of Eualcides, who lived near the platform, was attacked by a fever as the result of fatigue and excessive drinking and exercise." --Rats, Lice and History (1935) by Hans Zinsser

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Hippocrates of Cos II or Hippokrates of Kos (ca. 460 BCca. 370 BC) was an Ancient Greece physician of the Age of Pericles, and was considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the "father of medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic school of medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with (notably theurgy and philosophy), thus making medicine a profession.

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