How Hippocrates first discovered thermal changes in the human body

Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates layered mud over a sick friend’s body. He noticed the mud dried and cracked quicker where inflammation of internal disease generated heat.’ Hippocrates did not understand the physiological reasoning but was the first to appreciate the diagnostic significance of body temperature changes. Unknowingly Hippocrates had used the impact of heat and infrared radiation

Infrared (IR) is invisible radiant energy, electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light, extending from the nominal red edge of the visible spectrum at 700 nanometers (frequency 430 THz) to 1 mm (300 GHz) (although people can see infrared up to at least 1050 nm in experiments. Most of the thermal radiation emitted by objects near room temperature is infrared.

Infrared radiation was discovered in 1800 by astronomer Sir William Herschel, who discovered a type of invisible radiation in the spectrum lower in energy than red light, by means of its effect upon a thermometer.


Modern whole Body Thermography is a non-invasive “early detection” system that accurately assesses organ and body malfunctions by identifying “signatures” of diseases.

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