Teaching Tree

On 9 September 2005, the School of Rural Health in Dubbo planted a sapling from Kos that is a direct descendant of Hippocrates’ teaching tree.

The famous plane tree of Hippocrates still grows on Kos. Tradition has it that Hippocrates planted the tree and taught students of medicine in its shade.

Hippocrates, the celebrated Greek physician, was born on the island of Kos between 470 and 460BC. He belonged to a family that claimed descent from Aesculapius, son of Apollo.

The Plaque Inscription

This platanus orientalis descends from the tree under which
Hippocrates taught students of medicine
on the Greek island of Kos around 400 BC.

Planted at the School of Rural Health on 9 September 2005
by Hon. John Anderson, Member for Gwydir
and Hon. John Hatzistergos, NSW Minister of Health.

In honour of our teachers and students
and the Hippocratic tradition.