The Book of Prognostics, written in 400 B.C. by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, outlines the steps in making a prognosis based on the symptoms exhibited by the patient. In the introduction, Hippocrates notes that understanding disease is important not only because it saves lives, but it also contributes to the doctor’s confidence and encourages him to become a better physician.1
The Crowded Camel is seen above being treated by a nurse. He is suffering from a variety of ailments possibly related to the common cold, but his condition has not yet been diagnosed. The Camel appears to be worried that, because of his uniqueness, he may prove hard to diagnose, thus discouraging the doctor and negatively impacting his self-esteem.
It may benefit the Camel to revisit Hippocrates’ opening statements and view them in a different light. Just because a successful diagnosis improves the physician’s confidence, does not mean that an unsuccessful one lessens it. Instead, the experience can offer a learning opportunity for the doctor.
The Camel should realize that when people help us, although we can feel burdensome, we may actually be giving back to them as much as we are taking. Understanding this, we and the Camel may in the future choose to lend a hand to someone in need, realizing that we are enriched by helping others just as they are enriched by helping us.
- “The Internet Classics Archive | The Book of Prognostics by Hippocrates.” The Internet Classics Archive | The Book of Prognostics by Hippocrates. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://classics.mit.edu/Hippocrates/prognost.1.1.html>.