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The medical emblem of two snakes intertwined around a staff originated from Greek mythology. The staff of Aesculapius (God of medicine) stands for healing. Ancient Greeks considered the staff as a badge of honor and noblemen carried a staff entwined with garlands or ribbons. The garlands were later interpreted as snakes. Another reasons for adding snake is that serpent represents wisdom. Christ adjured his disciples to be as wise as snakes. The staff of Hermes (messenger of gods) has two snakes entwined around a staff with wings. Aesculapius staff has a single snake and no wings.

Whatever the reasons snake or snakes intertwined around the staff became a medical symbol.




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