December 17, 2012, 10:18 am
By The Carter Center
The staff of Asclepius, an ancient symbol of medicine, is believed to be inspired by Guinea worm disease.
It’s the horrific plague, the “fiery serpent” of the Bible, found in Egyptian mummies, and may be the inspiration of the modern symbol for medicine. Found today only in the most isolated and neglected communities of the world, Guinea worm disease once …