The scientists in engineering, aviation, manufacturing, physic, chemistry all can talk in absolute terms but not those in medicine because, doctors treat only the physical body but totally unable to treat man’s spirit, let alone soul, in this clime no physician will therefore be called the great physician except the son of God, Christ.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, the King. The first man to cure the dead, it will be necessary to review life, care of life and the notable personalities that caused the evolution of medicine which today, has gone beyond human imagination. Christ was not the first physician, he never practised medicine but just as in medical practices where cases are referred to the higher hospitals/physician, all cases that defiled medical solution were referred to Christ and he healed all. The ability to prevent and cure all sickness is the reason why he was recorded in the Bible as the greatest physician. Before the advent of medicine, there was theurgy and philosophy. People like Aristotle and the rest played along the power of nature and the boundary between spirit and man; however the coming of Hippocrates caused the separation of medicine from other practices, philosophy. Medicine has grown today into modern medicine but this was chequered because when Christ came much later, after Hippocrates, he perhaps returned humanity to whole medicine, the cure of mind, spirit, soul and body. Medicine today has respect for Christ because so many illnesses are yet to be resolved by its technological developments. In view of these, wise doctors today provide answers to their patients by harmonising between Jesusicotherapy and Medicine. People are thought to believe that God would heal them before Medicine will be administered. Whether all ancient doctors believed in harmony or not, is not an issue because mortality rate in those days was very high. Life was used as experiment; therefore those that did not agree had no bases to dispute the healing powers of Almighty God.
Hippocrates founded medicine before Christ was born on earth through the powers of Christ in heaven. He received inspiration of the Almighty to categories illness as acute, chronic, endemic and epidemic.
He was the first documented chest surgeon and introduced some terminologies in medicine as; relapse, resolution, crisis, paroxysm, convalescence and others. There was also Claudius Galen, who came after Christ and was a good student of Hippocratic Medicine, having read and believed his works. He was a bold surgeon who performed audacious operations in the eye and brain, which were not used for almost two millennia.
William Harvey (1578-1657CE) expanded medicine and redirected research in medicine. He was the first to describe the properties of blood, the bases for blood transfusion. Edward Jenner (1749-1823 CE) who introduced the small pox vaccine was also a renowned surgeon. Louis PASTEUR (1822-1895) gave the basis of pasteurisation and confirmed the germ theory of disease alongside Robert KOCH were the main founders of Bacteriology. Joseph Lister banked on Pasteur’s work to develop antiseptic methods in surgery.
Avicenna Ibn Sina was a major contributor in medicine. His book, the cannon of medicine was a standard medicine text in Western Europe for seven centuries. Rhazes Abu Bakr Muhammad was also a leading name in medicine between 865 -925 AD, he was the first to diagnose small pox and measles; he was also the first to write on allergy and immunology.
Names abound in medicine, more will come in next week but until then, celebrate and don’t forget that Christ is the final resolution of medicine and in him many doctors are made.
You too can receive inspiration from him and all these men. Note also that you can heal yourself through a perpetual positive mental attitude.