“The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine or doctors (instead of the rod of Asclepius) even though the symbol has no connection with Hippocrates and any association with healing arts is something of a stretch; as the symbol of the god Hermes, its singularly inappropriate connotations of theft, deception, and death, as well as the confusion of commerce and medicine in a single symbol, have provided fodder for academic humor.”
Seems pretty legit to me. And credible, given everyday occurrences of similar errors. (I went through similar upset when I found out orange roughy was unanimously discouraged by all safe-fish guides due to mercury content and environmental damage.) I admit to being highly disappointed and horrifed, yet relieved, to find this out, because if I were to ever get a tattoo, it would have been the caduceus!
I find this symbol less appealing and despite the AMA’s sprucing it up to look more exciting, choose to honor the old, incorrect symbol, for this site. So if any academics are out there sneering and jeering at my old-school winged staff, you now know that it’s my eye for aesthetics that made me do it. (Even if it annoys me to know the truth.)