Symbols and snakes

Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05348.x
Published online: 2 June 2003

Symbols are the signatures of human endeavour. They are soundings of the past, statements of the present and signposts to the future. Medicine has its share of symbols. These once included the stethoscope, the white coat and the black bag; but the white coat has been shed, the black bag abandoned and technology stalks the stethoscope.

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