nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Medical Quote Of The Day

Almost everybody knows who Hippocrates was.  The Hippocratic Oath and all that jazz?  Above and beyond the Oath, he fathered a school of medicine that was the first to look to nature and its workings for the cause and treatment of disease.  You can't call his work "scientific," despite the word translated below;  that came much later.  But, he was the first to turn away from auguries, reading sheep entrails, and the like.

"Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance."
--Hippocrates [460? - 377? BCE]

PS:  I was among the last group of medical school classes to "take" the Hippocratic Oath before it got modernized.

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