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Hippocratic Tree

December 11, 2016

Following on from yesterday, here is a photo of the plane tree that Hippocrates reportedly taught his medical students under. The tree is supported by scaffolding (zimmerframe!) but is unlikely to be contemporary with Hippocrates at 2000 + years old. Estimates range around 500 years old and the seeds from this tree have been spread all around the World at various prestigious locations. However Hippocrates would have known about the Askeplion and may indeed visited and taught there. The tree has a personal significance to me as a pyschotherapist because I too was bound with a similar hippocratic oath. 

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