staff of Aesculapius

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staff of Aesculapius

n
(Medicine) an emblem consisting of a staff with a serpent entwined round it, used by the Royal Medical Corps and the American Medical Association. Compare caduceus2

staff′ of Aescula′pius


n.
a representation of a forked staff entwined with a serpent, used as a symbol of the medical profession.
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Others include a "No.2 Asylum" truncheon, right, painted with the rod of Asclepius to represent healing, (PS120-PS160); and two painted respectively with the crests of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (dated 1854), and St Mary's College, Oxford (together PS150-PS250); another painted with the arms of three field guns and the initials "R.G.P.F." for the Royal Gun Powder Factory, Waltham Abbey, and another painted with "1867 Lutterworth - Feinian Riots.
Throughout his latest collection, Einstein's Beach House (2014), Appel's characters tend to wear some of the author's own and very diverse professional hats: there's the ex-attorney in the superb "La Tristresse des Herissons," the superior court judge in "Limerence," a real and a fake doctor in "The Rod of Asclepius," a stern public health officer in "Paracosmos," and a failed linguist in the collection's titular story.
Solidly entertaining, the short stories featured are Hue and Cry; La Tristesse Des Herissons; Strings; Limerence; The Rod of Asclepius; Sharing the Hostage; Paracosmos; and the title story Einstein's Beach House.