Myth of Asclepius
The famous medical symbol is the snake-entwined staff of the God of healing Asclepius. According to myth, he went, leaning on the staff, to the Palace of the Cretan king Minos in order to resurrect his dead son. On the way a serpent wrapped itself around the staff, and Asclepius, frightened, killed it. After he saw that second snake crept out with some kind of plant in the mouth — it revived a dead. Asclepius realized that this medicinal plant, gathered it and raised up the son of a king.