About Hippocrates

About the site

Hippocrates was set up to help medical students get a handle on all the subject matter covered in the 3rd year and to work towards creating equal access to teaching material and resources throughout the academies. The site is now expanding to include material relevant to years 4 and 5.  It is populated with a variety of learning materials (from tutorials to case studies to useful video footage and links to external resources). Several of the e-tutorials were written by students under supervision of consultants to ensure you are getting material relevant to clinical medicine in an exciting and interactive format.

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How to use the site

Year 3 students:

Throughout the academies you will have scheduled face to face teaching sessions (unit seminars) on core topics in different specialities. Some of these are linked to an e-tutorial you will be required to complete prior to attending the seminar. We are working towards all seminars on core topics being linked to an e-tutorial but material is still being developed. For core topic seminars that don't have online material you are expected to prepare for the seminar with some background reading on the subject.

The idea behind this is that you have acquired the basic knowledge so that when you attend the seminar you can tackle more complex clinical problems by applying what you have learned. Simultaneously you will be seeing and clerking patients on the wards with a wide variety of symptoms and disorders and you will need to think how what you have learned is being put into practice in the real life clinical situation. Always ask yourself - If I were the doctor how would I approach this patient? What do I want to know? What do I think is going on?

Year 5 students:

You should find all material on this site helpful for both refreshing your knowledge at the beginning of year 5 and also for Finals revision. Within most speciality sections there is material more directed towards more senior students (as they assume some existing understanding e.g. Clinical examination videos) but this may be of value to more junior students as they progress though year 3.  
The prescribing section is however particularly directed towards year 5 students to support learning through the prescribing teaching delivered in Senior Medicine and Surgery.

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Why Hippocrates?

Known as the “Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates was then as now a very famous healer of the ancient Greek world (physician in the modern sense was probably unknown). He taught medicine at Cos, and was an Asclepiad, which has been defined by historians as either a guild of physicians or simply a term applied to all physicians of his day (Asclepius was the god of medicine). His major contribution to the field of medicine was to separate it from its former association with magic by no longer accepting that the gods are responsible for all disease. Instead, Hippocrates allowed observation, rationality and his own genuine respect for his patients to guide his practice (Garrison 94). Using the scientific method, he carefully recorded his patients' symptoms and responses to treatments, and used the data gathered to evaluate and prescribe the most successful regimens. His prestige as a great medical practitioner, educator, and author helped spread these ideals of rational medicine throughout the ancient world. The Bristol Promise (PDF, 33kB) that you take when you graduate is broadly based on the Hippocratic Oath.