One snake or two?

05 Jan

My wife and I had a conversation this afternoon that prompted this post.

This is a caduceus:








This is the staff of Asclepius (as part of the American Medical Association symbol):







The caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes, the messenger of the gods.  As such, it is also a symbol associated with messengers and printers (considering that printing is a form of communication, and therefore within the realm of the messenger. It is also used today as a symbol of commerce.

 The rod of Asclepius is the symbol of the god of the same name, who is associated with healing and medicine. Today, this symbol retains its association with medicine and is often found incorporated in the signs of medical facilities.

Unfortunately, these two similar symbols are sometimes confused.


 For example, this student is clearly asking for donations so that he can afford the education to know the difference between a caduceus and a rod of Asclepius.

Maybe once he’s got that in order he can start studying medicine.













Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “One snake or two?

  1. Main Street Musings Blog

    January 7, 2014 at 9:37 am

    LOL! Good to know. This would make a great Jeopardy question!

    • Jithesh

      January 22, 2019 at 1:16 am

      it is the sign of the beast,,, his symbol,, his empire…


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