The Golden Wand of Medicine: A History of the Caduceus Symbol in Medicine

@inproceedings{Rakel1993TheGW,
  title={The Golden Wand of Medicine: A History of the Caduceus Symbol in Medicine},
  author={Robert E. Rakel},
  year={1993}
}
This is the most thorough discussion of the relationship between the caduceus and medicine that has been written. Friedlander, a Professor Emeritus of Medical Humanities at the University of Nebraska, provides an in-depth analysis of how the caduceus, the wand of the Greek god Hermes (the Roman Mercury), has come to be inappropriately used by some as the symbol of medicine. The Golden Wand of Medicine is an excellent historical analysis with good documentation of the facts and sources, but it… CONTINUE READING