Rod of Esclepius

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Symbol Rod of AsclepiusThis symbol for medicine originates from ancient Greece, where it is named is after the Greek god of medicine Asklepios. The symbol can be explaned as a staff with a serpent twisted around it.

The serpent symbolizes healing, this is explained in many different ways. The 2 meest told stories about de symbolism of the serpent are: The shedding of the skin is connected with the healing proces. The poisson of the serpent also associated with healing. The staf is also explained in different ways, for example as a walking stick used by druïds earlier.
The symbol is used in in different shapes by ambulances, doctors and also by the World Health Organisatie (WHO).

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