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November 1, 1985

More Snakes

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Asheville. NC

JAMA. 1985;254(17):2410. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360170049016

To the Editor.—  In the article entitled "One Snake or Two?"1 it was said that "the snake is an appropriate symbol for the healing art" and that the symbol came from Greek mythology. The Greek mythology explains the origin of the snake as the staff of Aesculapius.I think that it is time to rethink and change the symbol of a physician from a snake to a healing hand.Satan comes to be identified with the serpent because of the story of the fall in Genesis 3. In the Bible, it is the serpent (Satan) who is the cause of illness and pain (Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38; 2 Corinthians 12:7).In Revelations 12:9, Satan, the serpent, is the deceiver of all mankind (2 Corinthians 11:31). In the New Testament, Satan becomes the tempter, the seducer, the leader astray of men. This power of evil is Satan. Satan, the serpent,