This independent research will discuss the connection and transition from herbology to hard science and medicine. Herbology has been known to be used for over 60,000 years, predating even modern homo sapiens. In Greek mythology, the use of herbs is found in the archeological records and became the precursor for modern medicine. With the introduction of philosophy, physicians such as Hippocrates were able to explore the connection between the natural herbal world and its effects on our human body. The concept of the ‘four humors’ was determined and this furthered the exploration of the human body and how it functioned naturally. With the combination of herbology, a basic knowledge of anatomy, and the introduction of philosophy, the idea of modern medicine was able to form. I intend to go to Athens, Greece to explore in the field the environment of greek culture and history. I hope to find evidence in both Greek mythology and archeological artifacts of the transition between herbal use and the discovery of surgery and modern medicine. I plan to visit the original sanitarium of Kos, where I would be able to see first hand the original medical environment in greek culture. I will also be able to see first hand what Hippocrates was exploring while discovering the human body. I also plan to visit the National Archeological museum. Visiting this museum would give me insight into how medicine and science were depicted during ancient greek times. Finally, I hope to find some evidence of any female influence on herbology, medicine, and healing during the ancient greek times.
This independent research will discuss the transition from greek mythology and use of herbology to the introduction of hard science and medicine. The use of herbology began during Ancient greek times. During this time there was an interest in how the human body functioned and how the natural world effected that function. Herbology was then used to cure sicknesses, psychological problems, and to better understand the inner workings of the human body. Once philosophy began to be studied, along with the discovery of medicine and surgery, the interest in the human body and how it functioned became a more concrete idea. I will go to Athens, Greece to get field research on this transition and a better cultural understanding. I plan to visit the original sanitarium in Kos, as well as the National Archeological museum. I would also like to explore the female influences on herbology and medicine during this time period.