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August 22, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(8):655. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110080095031

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Elsewhere in this issue (p 628), we publish, under the title "Hippocrates' Home," a communication about the historic little Island of Cos, where scientific medicine began. Hippocrates is said to have taught his pupils under the great plane tree, which graces the town square of Cos. The tree certainly looks impressive enough, with a trunk 46 feet in circumference, and widely spread branches held up by props ranging from wood stakes to marble pedestals. Today, a small medical class could be seated under its branches.

This historic tree is the rallying place for medical men from all corners of the earth. Not all of us can visit it, but thanks to the International Hippocratic Foundation, we can now grow our own Hippocratic trees—indoors for most of us. The Foundation, located in Athens, Greece, will send a viable seed from Hippocrates' tree to any physician who wishes to contribute $5.00 US