Planting the Tree of Hippocrates

Circulating Now from NLM

By Stephen Greenberg

Just a few hours ago, on a bright, windy day in Bethesda, MD, a group of dignitaries and guests gathered in front of the National Library of Medicine to plant a tree. The dignitaries included Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health; Mr. F. Anthony Clifford, Chief Engineer, NIH Office of Research Services; Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine; Dr. Constantine A. Stratakis, Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research, Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Dr. David J. Lipman, Director, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NLM; and His Excellency, Christos P. Panagopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the United States of America.

The true guest of honor, however, was the tree itself. It is a clone, made from a cutting, of the original “Tree of Hippocrates” on the…

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