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Medical Caduceus

 

 

The image to the left, often used as the Medical Caduceus, is actually the symbol of Business and Commerce.

This staff belonged to the Greek god Hermes who conducted the souls of the dead to the underworld and was believed to possess magical powers over sleep and dreams. Hermes was also the god of commerce, and the protector of traders and herds.

This image to the left is the true medical caduceus.

This staff belonged to The staff of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, which was entwined by a single snake