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„The Tree of Hippocrates is a symbol for the ancient Greek's pursuit and practice of medicine. From Kos, this tree has spread all over the world... ”

 

Kos Town is a charming and beautiful city in the Aegean Sea. It's one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece, and for good reason! The plane tree that stands here was planted by Hippocrates himself during his stay on Kos Island! This plane tree has been around since ancient times, which makes it a truly special place. You can find this plane tree right next to Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque, where Hippocrates used to teach people about medicine.

Plateia Platanou

Located just beside the Loggia Mosque and near to Neratzia Castle, the Platanou Square is a romantic, cozy place full of history and romance! Many events such as theaters, acts, concerts have taken place at Plateia Platanou. It is a center of culture and learning too.

Plateia Platanou was built in the 18th century by the Ottomans, but it has been renovated recently to make it look like new! The square also features the old plane tree which Hippocrates used to teach his students under during ancient times. It's believed that he left his plane tree to the city of Kos Town.

The plane tree that stands here was planted by Hippocrates himself during his stay on Kos Island! This plane tree has been around since ancient times, which makes it a truly special place. You can find this plane tree right next to Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque, where Hippocrates used to teach people about medicine.

Directions to the location of the Plane Tree of Hippocrates

Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque

The Haggi Hassan Mosque is situated in Lozia Square, a central area of Kos Town. The mosque was the work of Gazi Hasan Pasha and it's inscription at the fountain reads: "Gazi Hasan erected this fountain while flowing water from Hippocrates' spring". This site has been used for centuries as an oasis by travelers on their way to Greece.

Derivatives of the original tree

The Tree of Hippocrates is a symbol for the ancient Greek's pursuit and practice of medicine. From Kos, this tree has spread all over the world with many people planting cuttings to claim their own medical heritage or institution as having come from one that was once quite literally in Greece - nearly two thousand years ago.

The National Library of Medicine received its first-ever seedling on December 14th 1961; and not just any tree either! The plant given by citizens from an island called Kos landed at America’s doorstep bearing what some say are 2 millennia-old secrets about plants used to treat illnesses back when physicians were known as “Hippocratics."

Trees cut or seeded from the original tree can be found, among others:

North America:

· A cutting was planted on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham to accompany a commissioned marble statue of Hippocrates. The 1971 installation was a gift from the Nakos Foundation to the University's medical center.

· The Canadian Medical Association obtained a cutting in 1969, which was planted in Walker County, Alabama in 1981

· at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence

· at The Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

· at Mercer University School of Medicine

· at the University of Michigan Medical School

· at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine

· at the University of Victoria

· at Yale University

· at the University of Florida J Hillis Miller Health Science Center, where College of Medicine students obtained cuttings in 1969 and which inspired the annual Hippocratic Award

· at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

· at the West Virginia School of Medicine Library, Charleston, West Virginia

· at the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

· at MedStar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

· at New York Medical College / Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

· at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School

· adjacent to the University of Utah School of Medicine, where it is planted at the southwest corner of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

South America:

· at the University of São Paulo, Brazil

· at the Londrina State University, Brazil

Europe:

· at the University of Glasgow, Department of Medical Genetics

· at Queen's University Belfast Medical School, Northern Ireland

· at the University of Barcelona, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Oceania:

· at University of Sydney's School of Rural Health in Dubbo, Australia.

· at Burwood Hospital, in Christchurch, New Zealand

· at Orange Health Services, Orange, Australia

· at Hawke's Bay Hospital in Hastings, New Zealand

Asia:

· in front of the Medical Library, Kyushu University, Fukuoka City (Japan). Donated by Dr. Hiroshi Kambara in 1973.

 
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