Matty Jones
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The ancient origins of one of the most widely used symbols of medicine: the rod of Asclepius. “What you are seeking here, O Romans, you should seek for nearer you. Then seek it nearer, for you do not need Apollo to relieve your wasting plague, you need Apollo’s son. Go then to him with a good omen and invite his aid.” -Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 15 (trans. More). The rod of Asclepius is everywhere you look in the field of medicine today: the image of a single serpent entwined around a staff…

The ancient origins of one of the most widely used symbols of medicine: the rod of Asclepius. “What you are seeking here, O Romans, you should seek for nearer you. Then seek it nearer, for you do not need Apollo to relieve your wasting plague, you need Apollo’s son. Go then to him with a good omen and invite his aid.” -Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 15 (trans. More). The rod of Asclepius is everywhere you look in the field of medicine today: the image of a single serpent entwined around a staff…