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February 25, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(8):598-599. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740080062030

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To the Editor:  The Journal recently called attention to an infringement on the automobile insignia for physicians which it has been selling. The spurious emblem has two snakes entwined on the staff, instead of one. In 1931 an enterprising doctor presented a gold badge of office to the president of the Toronto Academy of Medicine as an official emblem portraying the sacred serpent being fed from a bowl. The official button of the American Medical Association is mostly snake-entwined staff. Why the snake and even so, why its continuance? Since the days of the Romans, the emblem of orthodox medicine has been the snake-entwined staff. Insignia are multum in parvo, but why continue to sail under such false colors?What, then, should the insignia of medicine portray? We are living in a wonderful day and surely beyond our present possibilities; we must realize that the advanced thought being scrutinized

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