Greece: Kos – Following the Traces of Hippocrates II.
„I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgement. I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as brothers. I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will impart all my acquirements, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master's children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie themselves by a professional oath, but to none else. With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgement and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage. Nor shall any man's entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will get no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child. Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner. I will not cut for the stone, but will commit that affair entirely to the surgeons. Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free. Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast. If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!“
Now we just walk about in the town at Liberty Square, around the ruins of ancient city of Kos. There were remains of houses with mosaics, and we also walked around the church. It is interesting to see a church after such a while. And there is also a beautiful agora full of various gods. I remembered a story when Socrates walks to a vendor selling many goods. Socrates praises his store and says: „Wow, so many things… (the vendor smirks, hoping he will have a good customer) … that I don’t need!” Angry vendor expel Socrates out of his store …
Then we rent bikes for 4 eurs a day. We ride to Therma, hot springs. The road goes along eucalypt trees, so it is not so hot there. It is about 13 kilometers. We are looking forward to it very much. Five kilometers further a steep ascent begins. We pass by occasional bikers. They get off their bikes and walked along them up. We hold right to the end where we enjoy beautiful view on cliffs below, and infinite see before us. Then we park our bikes by a coffee shop. There we eat ice cream, and walk through zigzag road down. Some walk on foot, some ride a donkey. Children enjoy it.
Down there is nowhere to change clothes, there are no toilets, yet atmosphere is beautiful . Springs are surrounded by stone wall. Everyone enjoys the place. When the heat is too high to them, they get into the sea. I sunbath for a long time to make my fat melt. I hope there wont be trace of fat after me… Then we ascent back uphill. Then we ride fast downhill and return to the city of Kos.
There we observe odeon and other historic sights, and dwellings with beautiful mosaics. Slowly we are getting to feel hungry. We order gyros and then we decide to rent a scooter. Not that me and Iva are lazy, yet we got enough of sport for one day.
Text/photo: Sylvie Halouzková
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