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Vintage Ashtray, Cast Medical Caduceus Ashtray, Bronze Color, Cast Iron, Apothecary, Serpent, Snake, Acorn, Oak Tree Leaves

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The caduceus ☤ (pronounced /kəˈdjuːsiəs, -ʃəs/ kə-DEW-see-əs, from Greek kerykeion κηρύκειον) is typically depicted as a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, and is sometimes surmounted by wings. This staff was first borne by Iris, the messenger of Hera. It was also called the wand of Hermes when he superseded Iris in much later myths.

In later Antiquity the caduceus might have provided the basis for the astrological symbol representing the planet Mercury and in Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of Mercury, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars and thieves.[1]


Hermes Ingenui[2] carrying a winged kerykeion upright in his left hand (Museo Pio-Clementino, Rome).In addition to representing the planet Mercury, the caduceus is also a long-established historical symbol of commerce.[3] As one specialized study of symbolism notes, "In modern times the caduceus figures as a symbol of commerce, since Mercury is the god of commerce."[4]

The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine and/or medical practice, especially in North America, due to widespread confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius, which has only a single snake and no wings. This erroneous use of the caduceus became established in the United States in the late 19th century as a result of mistakes and misunderstandings which have been well-documented.[5] Today, the initial errors which led to its adoption often go unremarked or unnoticed. However, numerous specialized professional and academic studies of its symbolic significance note the initial error and its perpetuation.[6] Most attempts to defend its use in a medical context date from the last quarter of the 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th, and have been characterized as "based on flimsy and pseudo-historical research".[7] When the mistaken use in the United States became better-known, a number of organizations changed from using the caduceus to using the rod of Asclepius, notably the American Medical Association.[8] As Robert B. Taylor has observed, "Today, there are calls to clarify the symbol and to move to a uniform use of the Aesculapian staff to symbolize medicine."[9] Nevertheless, emulation of the initial error continues to result in frustration for some:

“ It is hard to trust a profession that cannot even get its symbols straight. Most physicians in the United States think that the symbol of their profession is something called the caduceus. But this is actually not true. […] Historians have discovered that someone in the U.S. Army Medical Corps mistook the caduceus for the Aesculapion and introduced the Medical Corps' symbol at the beginning of the twentieth century. Soon thereafter, everyone in the United States was emulating the mistake." ”
—Daniel P. Sulmasy, A Balm for Gilead: Meditations On Spirituality and the Healing Arts[10]


One group calling for the use of the historically correct symbol is the Minnesota Medical Association, whose director of communications, is quoted as saying, "If it's got wings on it, it's not really the symbol of medicine; some may find it hard to believe, but it's true. It's something like using the logo for the National Rifle Association when referring to the Audubon Society".[11]

As noted in The Oxford Illustrated Companion To Medicine, "Though the caduceus has long been accepted as a device to represent medicine, it is the staff and serpent of Asklepios which have the more ancient and authentic claim to be the emblem of medicine".[12]

Contents [hide]
1 Origin
2 Variations
3 Confusion with the rod of Asclepius
4 See also
5 Notes
6 Further reading
7 External links

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