Contemporary medicine applies health science, biomedical research, and medical technology to diagnose and treat injury and disease, typically through medication, surgery, or some other form of therapy. The word medicine is derived from the Latin ars medicina, meaning the art of healing.
Though medical technology and clinical expertise are pivotal to contemporary medicine, successful face-to-face relief of actual suffering continues to require the application of ordinary human feeling and compassion, known in English as bedside manner.
The Rod of Asclepius is the symbol associated with medicine, which comes from the Greek God of medicine and healing, Asclepius. The Caduceus is sometimes wrongly used for this purpose, though this practice is mainly seen in North America.