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Tree of Hippocrates in Warren
(2008-08-12)
(wgvu) - WARREN, Mich. (AP) - Rising 40 feet behind a modest brick house
in this Detroit suburb is an apparent descendent of one of the
world's most famous trees.
In 1973, Stella Barna planted a two-foot sapling behind her
home.
It was a seedling of the Tree of Hippocrates, a large Oriental
plane tree on the Greek island of Kos under which Hippocrates is
said to have taught the beginnings of modern medicine about
24-hundred years ago.
Now, Barna says, a genetic copy of the tree should be returned
to its rightful owner: Wayne State University School of Medicine in
Detroit.
Barna was the secretary to the medical school's dean 35 years
ago when the institution was offered a precious gift: a seedling of
the Tree of Hippocrates.
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