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Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tree of Hippocrates

Platanus Orientalis

 
 
Tree of Hippocrates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 28, 2014
1. Tree of Hippocrates Marker
Inscription.  From the Greek Island of Cos, Hippocrates is said to have held classes under the parent tree. The gift Tree was presented by the town of Cos to the National Library of Medicine at the dedication of its new building on December 14, 1961.

This Replacement Tree, Cloned
From the Gift Tree, Was Planted on
April 25, 2014

 
Erected 2014 by National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees series list.
 
Location. 38° 59.762′ N, 77° 5.865′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Rockville Pike (Maryland Route 355) 0.1 miles south of Center Drive, on the right when traveling south. On the front lawn of the National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike on the NIH campus. Touch for map. Marker is
Tree of Hippocrates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 28, 2014
2. Tree of Hippocrates Marker
at or near this postal address: 38 Center Drive, Bethesda MD 20814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Raven and the Sun (a few steps from this marker); A Totem For Healing (a few steps from this marker); Bear and the Steelhead (a few steps from this marker); President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the NIH Bethesda campus on this site, October 31, 1940 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Trolley to Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Spring House & Pool of Bethesda (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethesda.
 
Regarding Tree of Hippocrates. The NIH tree of Hippocrates died in 2013. This replacement tree is a clone of the earlier clone of the tree under which Hippocrates is said to have taught.
 
Also see . . .
1. Original Tree of Hippocrates Cloned and Planted in Maryland. YouTube video, Published on Apr 25, 2014. (Submitted on April 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. DNA fingerprint for Hippocrates' legendary tree. BBC News, 28 April 2014 (Submitted on April 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Tree of Hippocrates image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 28, 2014
3. Tree of Hippocrates
In front of the National Library of Medicine
Planting Hippocrates' Plane Tree image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 25, 2014
4. Planting Hippocrates' Plane Tree
Donald A. B. Lindberg,<br>Director of the National Libary of Medicine image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 25, 2014
5. Donald A. B. Lindberg,
Director of the National Libary of Medicine
at the dedication of Hippocrates' Tree
David J. Lipman,<br>Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 25, 2014
6. David J. Lipman,
Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information
explaining the DNA Barcode, at the dedication ceremony.
DNA Barcode image. Click for full size.
National Library of Medicine
7. DNA Barcode
This portion of the DNA sequence of Hippocrates' tree identifies it as a member of the species Platanus Orientalis (an Oriental Plane Tree).
Song Sparrow image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 28, 2014
8. Song Sparrow
perched in Hippocrates' Plane Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 29, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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