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    Greek Symbols used in Medicine

    I'm getting a little annoyed here because I am often asked to design society logo's for .... societies; usually medical ones.

    If you notice on the back of an ambulance, you will see the typical symbol of the staff and ONE serpent wrapped around it, this is the Greek symbol for medicine (Asclepius).
    However, if you just do a quick search for Medicine Logo, you will find that most of their logos actually represent the Greek symbol for commerce (Caduceus).

    According to Wikipedia, this is a mistake made common by North Americans.

    **** you United States. I am one-by-one fixing Singapore's medical society logos.
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    Given that the US spends more on medical care than any other nation, even proportionally, this is apt.
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    Medicine is a commercial activity around these parts.

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    I am one-by-one fixing Singapore's medical society logos.

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    The barber shop is the true symbol of medicine... or bloodletting, whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrostyBoy View Post
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    I'm getting a little annoyed here because I am often asked to design society logo's for .... societies; usually medical ones.

    If you notice on the back of an ambulance, you will see the typical symbol of the staff and ONE serpent wrapped around it, this is the Greek symbol for medicine (Asclepius).
    However, if you just do a quick search for Medicine Logo, you will find that most of their logos actually represent the Greek symbol for commerce (Caduceus).

    According to Wikipedia, this is a mistake made common by North Americans.

    **** you United States. I am one-by-one fixing Singapore's medical society logos.
    A 1992 survey of American health organizations found that 62% of professional associations used the rod of Asclepius, whereas in commercial organizations, 76% used the caduceus.


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    Probably because commercial organizations are more concerned with marketing than professional organizations. The Caduceus' is more balanced and probably faired better in test groups for ease of recognition, symmetry, and less intimidating.

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    Apparently the confusion dates back to the 19th century US Army medical corps.
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    I'm pretty sure non-NA needs to give the US a mulligan on this one, given that they chose to use the obviously inferior and effeminate sounding "aluminium" over the shorter, easier to pronounce AND older "aluminum"

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    I chuckle when I hear "aluminium"

    Can you get me some aluminium foil?
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    Anyone who says Aluminum sounds retarded. - FACT!
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    No, anybody who says "aluminium" sounds like an effete *******
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    It's not the words I use, unfortunately.

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    I'm going to assume you mean that you sound like an effete, retarded *******
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    Mainly because anyone who says Aluminum has a North American accent. Nothing to do with the word
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    North American's don't have accents.

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    Oh yeah, someone from Texas sounds like someone from New Orleans sounds like someone from Brooklyn sounds like someone from Quebec.
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    That's correct. What's wrong with you, Mike?

    All UK people sound the same also. Flamboyantly pompous.
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    We sound posh, gay and intelligent.
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    No. Why do you think all of the servants in movies have British accents, Jeeves?

    You sound effeminate and weak.
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    Britain invented servants.
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    It's what you guys excel at (eg, Iraq War).
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    Unlike Canadians who excel at..... ..... er.... .... no wait..... .... speaking bad French?
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    I come from a province that proudly speaks no French.

    In fact, all French people in Alberta are quarantined in a small town far from civilization.
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    Ah, trying to emulate England then.
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