Greek edition of Hippocrates by a friend of Galileo:
Mercuriale collected the various Greek texts of the Hippocratic corpus and published them here in Greek with parallel Latin translations. The title page of this edition illustrates various figures of ancient medicine, including Galen and Hippocrates.
Mercuriale’s many other works include discussions of sports medicine, women’s health, children’s diseases, and the black plague. Mercuriale recommended Galileo for a position at the University of Bologna.
Girolamo Mercuriale, professor of medicine at the University of Padua, was a leading Italian physician of the 16th century.
Hippocrates is famous for many aphorisms, including “Cure rarely, comfort often, care for always,” and “Life is short, the craft is long.” The Hippocratic Oath addressed medical education as well as medical practice. The Hippocratic corpus was written by many authors over a period of a century or more who were associated with the center for health care and medicine located on the island of Kos in the Aegean Sea in the 5th century BCE.