The Office of
Physicianship Curriculum Development has taken as an
identifying symbol the imagery of the stained glass
window in the McGill Osler Library of the History of
Medicine. It was designed by Architect Percy Nobbs.
Heavenly Hand and Book
This frame of the window illustrates the standard symbol
of a university -the book, symbolizing learning and
scholarship. The heavenly hand symbolizes the
transcendent sources of wisdom. One can view this as
representing the “Science-Wisdom” of medicine.
Asclepius The second frame of the windows shows the
staff of Asclepius, from the Greek word “Asklepas”,
meaning snake. Both the snake and the staff are symbols
of healing. The snake sheds its skin and suggests the
idea of resurrection. The staff, although dead wood,
carries budding leaves and therefore new life.