All of us, from the lowliest to the topmost, without exceptions, encounter, in the course of our lives – Ups and Downs, Crests and Troughs, Ladders and Snakes, Heydays and Doomsdays.
Members of the oldest and second oldest professions were / are / will be no exception!
Members of the oldest profession were, in their heydays, de facto rulers / demi-goddesses – Empresses and Queens – while they were,in their doomsdays, condemned – to be stoned to death under the Law of Moses, unless they were lucky enough like the Biblical (?Mary Magdalene / ?Mary of Bethany – read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene#Identification_as_Mary_of_Bethany ) prostitute, to be saved by a Saviour like Jesus Christ (“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her!” – John 8:7 – King James Bible 1611) -OR- to be burnt in the stakes -OR- to be drowned in Styx unhelped to cross over to Hades (meaning “the unseen”) by anybody, not even the Boatman Charon / Kharon (See the nice pic Lytovchenko Olexandr Kharon.jpg at the Wikipedia URL given in the next line below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lytovchenko_Olexandr_Kharon.jpg).
How did the members of the second oldest – medical – profession fare in this context?
History is replete with the names of ancient Physicians who were, in their heydays, de facto rulers / demi-gods – like Imhotep (circa 2650-2600 BC), the Egyptian who may have lived under as many as four kings as physician [some 2,200 years before the Western Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (Heard of the sacred Hippocratic Oath sworn to doctors before embarking on medical practice, albeit long-forgotten in these evil-ridden days of Kali Yuga or “age of vice”), was born!]-cum-high priest-cum-scribe -cum-poet-cum-astrologer-cum-carpenter-cum-engineer-cum-architect (built the first pyramid, Pharaoh Zoser / Djoser’s Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara)-cum-first one under the king-cum-Vizier-cum-Chief Minister to Pharaoh Zoser / Djoser who, as the second king of Egypt’s third dynasty, reigned from 2630 BC to 2611 BC.
Imhotep was a master of many trades and phenomenally highly instructive and constructive. A very different type of star-ruler, by the name of Hammurabi – highly regulative, restrictive and even punitive – rose on the horizons of Babylon, received the royal insignia – mandate to rule Babylon – directly from the Babylonian God, Shamash and by his wise edicts like the not-so-well-remembered-these-days The Code of Hammurabi Circa 1,760 BCE, [which preceded, by 1300 years, the now-well-remembered-albeit-blatantly-violated-by-many-unscrupulous physicians-of-today, The Hippocratic oath, a part of The Hippocratic Corpus (Latin: Corpus Hippocraticum) by the Greek Physician, Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC), widely regarded as the “Father of Medicine” – at least Western Medicine], influenced even Egypt, Greece and the rest of near-east of those ancient days.
More on Hammurabi and others will be an SFAD – Story For Another Day!
OK Follks! Cya soon(er or later), God willing!