The Rod and the Serpent: History’s Ultimate Healing Symbol

@article{Antoniou2010TheRA,
  title={The Rod and the Serpent: History’s Ultimate Healing Symbol},
  author={Stavros Athanasios Antoniou and George A. Antoniou and Robert Learney and Frank Alexander Granderath and Athanasios I. Antoniou},
  journal={World Journal of Surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={35},
  pages={217-221}
}
The snake has served as a medical emblem for more than 2400 years, since its association with the ancient Greek god of medicine and healing, Asclepius, in the 4th century BC. Its symbolic background can be traced further back to the worship of gods of earth’s blossom in ancient Egypt and earth-related deities of the archaic period of Greek antiquity. It is featured entwined around a staff of knowledge and wisdom in most anaglyphs depicting Asclepius. The snake was impressed in the Old and the… Expand
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