IMHOTEP: The World's First Genius and Father of Medicine

Over the years, even to this day, the Greek physician, Hippocrates has been referred to as the Father of Medicine. However, this isn’t true as even before Hippocrates, a Black Egyptian was
practising medicine and also writing on the subject.

Imhotep is regarded as one of the most intelligent humans who ever lived and was a notable
architect who known for drawing the architectural designs used in building one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramids of Egypt. The Egyptians are the first known populace to develop the medical profession and Imhotep became the first Egyptian physician. What made Imhotep stand out, particularly in the world of medicine in Egypt at the time, was his medical discoveries which were not based on magic or mysticism.

No! Imhotep didn’t do magic, he practiced Science. Having built the first Egyptian pyramid, it is believed that Imhotep must have witnessed many workers get injured as a result of work
hazards. Little wonder the need for such in-depth findings of medical procedures in the papyrus.
According to history, He is said to have treated over 200 illnesses such as tuberculosis, arthritis,
appendicitis, diseases of the abdomen, bladder, eyes, and so on, while he lived. This genius
also conducted surgeries and is believed to have founded the very first school of medicine in

Historically, it is believed that colonization might have played a huge role in crediting Hippocrates as the father of medicine but it might just be that the real father of medicine is an intelligent African known as Imhotep. Hippocrates even referred to the Egyptian sage in the Hippocratic Oath which begins with a reference to Asclepius, Imhotep's deification name in Greek, as the god of medicine. Imhotep lived over 2000 years before Hippocrates; there are speculations that the "Hippocratic Oath" was originally put together by Imhotep though, there is no profound evidence to this. Imhotep played a major role in history by changing the introducing medicine and, perhaps, laying the framework for medical practitioners today.