Snake stick
A stick or rod with a snake curled around it is the staff (the rod) of Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancient mythical god of medicine. His Greek name was Asklepios and his Roman name Aesculapius. In reality, Asklepios may have once lived and been renowned for his gentle, humane remedies and his humane treatment of the mentally ill. His followers established temples called asklepions, temples of Asklepios, temples of healing. The greatest asklepion was in a grove of trees south of Corinth, Greece where the sick had to spend a night while the proper remedies were revealed during a dream to the priests of the temple and the cured had to make a suitable sacrifice (usually a rooster) to the god. According to mythology, Aesculapius had a number of children including Hygieia, the goddess of health (from whose name comes the word "hygiene") and Panaceia, the goddess of healing (from whose name comes the word "panacea" for a universal remedy). Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine. It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Snake — Ophidian redirects here. For the professional wrestler, see The Osirian Portal. This article is about the animal. For other uses, see Snake (disambiguation). Snakes Temporal range: Early Cretaceous – Recent, 112–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Snake Kung Fu — There are several Chinese martial arts known as Snake Boxing or Snake Style (zh cpl|c=蛇拳|p=shéquán|l=snake fist) which imitate the movements of snakes. Proponents claim that adopting the fluidity of snakes allows them to entwine with their… …   Wikipedia

  • stick — I. /stɪk / (say stik) noun 1. a branch or shoot of a tree or shrub cut or broken off. 2. a relatively long and slender piece of wood. 3. an elongated piece of wood for burning, for carpentry, or for any special purpose. 4. a rod or wand; a baton …   Australian English dictionary

  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater — North Amer …   Wikipedia

  • Western Banded Snake Eagle — Banded Snake eagle Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kin …   Wikipedia

  • Boy on a Stick and Slither — Infobox Webcomic title = Boy on a Stick and Slither caption = Two panels from the comic Proud of Pride author = Steven L. Cloud url = http://www.boasas.com/ status = Updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays began = 1998 ended = genre = Existential …   Wikipedia

  • Western Banded Snake-eagle — Taxobox name = Banded Snake eagle status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Falconiformes familia = Accipitridae genus = Circaetus species = C. cinerascens binomial = Circaetus cinerascens… …   Wikipedia

  • Tiger snake — Tiger Ti ger, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Candy stick — may refer to:* A candy cigarette. * Micrurus fulvius , a.k.a. the eastern coral snake, a venomous elapid found in the United States.Wright AH, Wright AA. 1957. Handbook of Snakes. Comstock Publishing Associates. (7th printing, 1985). 1105 pp.… …   Wikipedia

  • Our Southern Highlanders — Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure In the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life Among the Mountaineers is a book written by American author Horace Kephart (1862–1931), first published in 1913 and revised in 1922. Inspired by… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”