Botanic Notables: The Tree of Hippocrates

January 05, 2012
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On the Greek island of Kos is a plane tree (Platanus orientalis) with an ancient history that has taken root throughout the world. It is called the Tree of Hippocrates, believed to be a descendent of the tree that provided a canopy under which the Father of Medicine taught his disciples in 5th century BC. Today, the ancient physician is regarded as a founder of modern medicine, and the plane tree has become a symbol of inquiry and ethics in medicine.