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Americans get confused.  Maybe it’s because we’re so young compared to the rest of the world.  We have a way of taking history, twisting it a little and then letting the mistake flourish in popularity.  Who knows how and when the twisting starts but it’s interesting when you catch the little things that for so long have mistakenly represented an idea.

Oftentimes, the caduceus is the symbol used to represent the realm of medicine:

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The caduceus is the symbol of Hermes (two snakes wrapped around a winged staff).  This symbol, along with Hermes himself, represents commerce, trade, and trickery.  It often takes the place of the correct medical symbol, The Rod of Asclepius, which represents medicine and healing, a more accurate reflection of our purpose as healthcare professionals (although commerce and trickery comes into play more often than you’d like to think):

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