When we go on special trips, we travel to each destination with a passion. This time, however, we packed a vision in our luggage – woven of the spirit of the ‘Blue and White’ – the Hellenic flag.
Medical science and the Hippocratic Oath also accompanied us on a trip that was the initiative of Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute, and the visit was under the aegis of Athens Medical Association in Bucharest, Romania. The AMA is building a great bridge of exchange and solidarity between the Greek nation and the country and region where the great leader of our country’s fight for freedom and forerunner of the Modern Greek Enlightenment, Rigas Velestinlis Feraios, produced his entire works as a writer, translator, and visionary.
He chose the Romanian territory to complete his three cartographic works about that region, including the New Map of Wallachia and the General Map of Moldova, as well as the maps he printed in Vienna in 1797.
Here is the declaration of Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute:
“We, the descendants of Hippocrates, will act as guardians of the principles of the father of the Medical Science and will remain faithful to his principles and the holistic therapeutic approach that defines the Hippocratic philosophy.
It has become urgent that modern medicine refocuses on the Hippocratic legacy.
This is what we promote.
This is what we serve.
This is what we pass on to the whole world.”
The inner voices of the Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute team, and its chairman, the regional governor of Attiki, Dr. George Patoulis, are generated by their faith in the ‘Father of Medicine’ – Hippocrates.
Distinguished scientists and academics are guiding this impressive team, among them the master of IVF Konstantinos Pantos, the Founder and Scientific Director of the Genesis Athens Clinic, Dr. Antonios Polydorou, Dr. Konstantinos Kouskoukis, Chrysoula Papadopoulou – the person who for many years has helped to implement the visions of Konstantinos Pantos, F. Patsourakos, and others.
Our team from The National Herald in New York followed them on their mission: The global promotion of the universal nature of Hippocratic Medical Science and medical thought, as well as the interconnection of Greek and international medical scientific potential under one roof, contributing to the scientific and professional development of the global medical community, creating the appropriate conditions for the establishment of the Hippocratic concept in the global medical arena, and the promotion and revival of Hippocrates’ philosophy in the global medical field.
We explored the Old Town and Lipscani district, with its picturesque alleys and cute cafes (which at night turn into bars with loud music) that break up the monotony of the apartment buildings erected by Nicolai Ceausescu, the disgraced dictator who created an ever-contradictory mix of the city’s architecture – neoclassical, interwar (Bauhaus and Art Deco), Communist, and current.
Along the way we encountered the famous Stavropoleos Street with its homonymous church built by a Greek engineer which is also a UNESCO site.
We headed to the formal ceremony in honor of the Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute team, which was attended by a large number of people, ready to see the bust of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, that was being placed in the courtyard of the Motza Metropolitan Hospital in the presence of the Rector of the University of Bucharest, Zinga Viorel.
I have to admit that the way in which the medical, scientific, academic, and political community welcomed the Greek mission was very touching!
On a day dedicated to children, there were speeches born of emotion and expressed in the intense colors of personal experience. Countless Romanian mothers with their children in their arms praised Dr. Konstantinos Pantos of the GENESIS ATHENS Clinic, because he helped them fulfil their dream of having children through IVF, bringing to life their blessed offspring…
The event was attended by prominent members of the Romanian academic and scientific community as well as Christos Seferis, President of the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce, Radu Vladareap, President of the Romanian Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and others.
The Rector of the University of Bucharest, Carol Davila, invited the President of the Athens Medical Association to place the bust of Hippocrates at her institution next October.
Patoulis, made the following statement: “The Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute in collaboration with the Athens Medical Association and the Region of Attiki has undertaken a series of important actions and initiatives that serve the ideal of reviving and spreading Hippocratic thought and ethos around the world. Especially at this time when the planet is experiencing a major health crisis, Hippocratic thought is more important than ever. We therefore deeply believe that this is a crucial time to recruit the top scientific potential of Greek doctors in every corner of the world in order to promote the value of the Hippocratic spirit and a commitment to scientific excellence.”
Dr. Pantos added that, “at the moment, Greece is what we call a medical tourism destination. Couples come from 67 foreign countries, who want to find a solution in our country. All the centres there offer excellent services in the field of assisted reproduction and of course this is due to the fact that we try to individualize each of our efforts to the particular problem of each couple. At the same time, through the Global Doctors’ Hippocratic Institute, we are trying to unite the medical associations that are in the United States, Australia, England, and in various countries and for that purpose we will also organize a global conference, bringing together the medical associations in Melbourne this year in November.”
This great campaign to spread the Hippocratic ethos continues and our Mission will take us to some of the relevant destinations, where you will discover each place, culture, and nation through its own beauty and traditions!
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Special Thanks to: George Patoulis, Kostas Pantos, Antonios Polydorou, Chrysoyla Papadopoulou, the travel agency Travel Bizz, SEAJETS, RentPhotoVideo, Peugeot Hellas, Mikelina Boutique, Shop&Trade, Cozybox, and Saucony.