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Caduceus: A Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That?
Arch Iran Med. 2020 08 01; 23(8):573-577.AI

Abstract

The serpent is the most popular representative symbol of medicine. The two main figures commonly used are the rod of Asclepius and the caduceus. Much controversy exists in the literature on whether the caduceus is a false symbol for medicine or not. The history of how these depictions came to be ambassadors of the medical science is elusive to many physicians. Scholars suggest that the origin of this false belief dates back to 1902, when the US Army Medical Corps first incorporated the caduceus as its symbol. This current essay is an attempt to discover and interpret how the snake came to be part of the rod of Asclepius and the caduceus, and constitute the symbol of medicine in our days. It is widely accepted that a doctor's obligation is not only in healing the ill, but the task that is bestowed upon him is more complex. Therefore, one should be considered more of a physician rather than simply a doctor.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Paediatric Department, General Hospital of Edessa, Edessa, Greece.2nd Orthopaedic Department, General Hospital of Thessaloniki "Papageorgiou", Thessaloniki, Greece.Lancashire Cardiac Centre, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool, UK.Eye Department, St James's University Hospital, The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Leeds, UK.

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32894974

Citation

Katsaras, George, et al. "Caduceus: a Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That?" Archives of Iranian Medicine, vol. 23, no. 8, 2020, pp. 573-577.
Katsaras G, Chatziravdeli V, Katsaras D, et al. Caduceus: A Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That? Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(8):573-577.
Katsaras, G., Chatziravdeli, V., Katsaras, D., & Papavasileiou, G. (2020). Caduceus: A Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That? Archives of Iranian Medicine, 23(8), 573-577. https://doi.org/10.34172/aim.2020.65
Katsaras G, et al. Caduceus: a Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That. Arch Iran Med. 2020 08 1;23(8):573-577. PubMed PMID: 32894974.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Caduceus: A Medical Symbol of Deception, or Is There More to That? AU - Katsaras,George, AU - Chatziravdeli,Vasiliki, AU - Katsaras,Dimitrios, AU - Papavasileiou,Garyfalia, Y1 - 2020/08/01/ PY - 2020/02/11/received PY - 2020/06/02/accepted PY - 2020/9/8/entrez PY - 2020/9/9/pubmed PY - 2021/7/2/medline KW - Caduceus KW - Medical symbol KW - Rod of Asclepius KW - Staff of Hermes SP - 573 EP - 577 JF - Archives of Iranian medicine JO - Arch Iran Med VL - 23 IS - 8 N2 - The serpent is the most popular representative symbol of medicine. The two main figures commonly used are the rod of Asclepius and the caduceus. Much controversy exists in the literature on whether the caduceus is a false symbol for medicine or not. The history of how these depictions came to be ambassadors of the medical science is elusive to many physicians. Scholars suggest that the origin of this false belief dates back to 1902, when the US Army Medical Corps first incorporated the caduceus as its symbol. This current essay is an attempt to discover and interpret how the snake came to be part of the rod of Asclepius and the caduceus, and constitute the symbol of medicine in our days. It is widely accepted that a doctor's obligation is not only in healing the ill, but the task that is bestowed upon him is more complex. Therefore, one should be considered more of a physician rather than simply a doctor. SN - 1735-3947 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32894974/Caduceus:_A_Medical_Symbol_of_Deception_or_Is_There_More_to_That DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -