Isola di Kos, Grecia: Birthplace of Hippocrates

Site of the Askiepieion of Kos (Medical School)

Aslepius: Greek God of Medicine

The Rod of Asclepius, a-snake entwined staff, is represented by the Caduceus.

Entry to Isola di Kos from mainland Greece

Hippocrates’ beach; I like to imagine he resting here, with students, staring out to sea.

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This is your opportunity to ask Hippocrates a surgical question. It’s a surgical consult–a second, or maybe a first opinion. ┬áMy response to your question is not guaranteed as I get too many to choose from. I will pick those that I feel will be of most benefit to many. Please do not include your full name, or identifying information. Also, my response, or opinion, should in no way be construed as medical advice towards your specific medical concern. This is only information that you may find useful in your own research and in discussion with your personal physician or healthcare provider who is really in charge.

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