Published: 26 April 2016
Author(s): Antonio V. Sterpetti
Issue: April 2016
Section: Letter to the Editor

In the western and eastern civilization, rudimental hospitals were built since the antiquity [1]. There has been always a close relationship between religion and medicine. In Greece, sick people visited the Temples of Apollo and Asclepius since the X century BC, asking the Gods to heal their disease. Waiting for the miracle to happen, the patients stayed in the Temple, and the employers of the Temple took care of them, providing a bed, food, herbal medicines, and treating open wounds. Hyppocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, practiced in the Temple of Kos, sacred to the God of medicine Asclepius [3].

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