All doctors before becoming profession doctors they must take a oath the original oath states Asclepius name. Some think he may have been a human in the dark ages of the Greek.
"I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods,
all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him;
To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan;
and similarly I will not give a woman apessary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest;
I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction
and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men,
which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times;
but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot."
Wife: Epione, and a woman who had one of his sons Aristodama
Children: Aceso, Iaso, Aglea, Panacea, Hygieia, Meditrina, Machaon, Podaleirios, Telesphoros, Aratus
Names: A.K.A Asclepius, Asculapius, Aesculapius, Asklepios the meaning of his name is unknown. Counterpart Vejovis
God of : Medicine, and healing
Animal symbol: snakes
His story: Asclepius was born to Apollo and Coronis. He was rescued by his father after his father either tried to kill his mother by burning her or she died in labor but either way Apollo cut him out of his mother and sent him to live with a centaur this centaur taught him the ways of medicine and healing. While he was with the centaur he was given a gift of blood from two veins of Medusa the one side of the vein could heal and the other vein could take life away. This gift made the other gods mad so zeus killed Asclepius with his thunderbolt.
Worshiping him: When worshiping Asclepius you worship his family as well since they are all aspects of healing. He is seen in sculptures with his daughters and there are 200 maybe more shrines of him the most well known ones are at Epidaurus these are healing places of healing with sanatoria, dream therapy, snakes, regimes of diet and exercise, and baths.
The symbols in the healthcare field been switched Asclepius staff is the sign of healthcare his sign is a staff with two snakes. Caduceus is Hermes staff it also has snakes and wings which is the staff normally used in healthcare places.
Information Compiled by : Ashley Marsteller, Student TSCO.