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‘Doctor’ Cufflinks

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The design of this model is based on a slightly modified student medallion of the St. Petersburg Emperor’s Medical and Surgical Academy. In the centre of a round shaped cufflink is the Hippocrates’ cup entwined by two snakes parallel to each other to symbolise wisdom and healing. This emblem was introduced by Peter the Great to make a special distinction for the military medical service. The cufflinks feature a round cut diamond set above the cup.

Similar symbols do not only decorate the badges of Russian medical graduates, they also serve as insignia for various medicine-related institutions and organisations.