The staff and serpent of Asclepius

Mo Med. 1997 May;94(5):210-1.


The Staff of Asclepius is one of the most common symbols associated with medical profession. The emblem of a single snake and a staff is a true representation of medicine in contrast to the caduceus. The origin, meaning, and evolution of the Staff of Asclepius is found in antiquity.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Emblems and Insignia / history*
  • History, Ancient
  • Mythology*