The Tree of Life

Hippocrates vs Galen
This image represents the split in the classical Greek medical lineage. The Tree of Life represents the Healing Arts. On the right is Hippocrates holding in his right hand a flowering branch symbolizing the vitalist schools. In the patriarch' s left hand is the text of the Hippocratic Cannon. On the left is Galen holding the withered branch of a reductionist, mechanistic appproach to medicine.