Definition of Doctors' symbol

Doctors' symbol: A staff or rod with a snake curled around it. This is the Rodof Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancientmythical god of medicine. Asklepios may have been a real person who wasrenowned for his gentle remedies and humane treatment of thementally ill.Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine. It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies.

A similar symbol, the caduceus, was the staff of the Greek god Hermes. The caduceus is usually depicted with two snakes and a pair of wings and is often used mistakenly as a symbol of medicine.


Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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