Canadian Association of General Surgeons and others.

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Canadian Association of General Surgeons and others.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 14 Apr 2014, 17:21

Some Canadian Medical Heraldry, first the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

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"The Shield
The shield has a red and white boarder reminding us of our barber-surgeon origins. The main charge on the shield is an eagle on a golden field. The eagle is taken from the crest of the mother college, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and modified. On the CAGS shield the eagle is red to represent surgery (rather than golden), the imperial crown has been removed and the head has been turned to face forward. A lance held in the eagle's right claw represents a surgical instrument. The addition of a serpent wound about the lance forms a modified caduceus a symbol of the medical profession from antiquity. The colour red and the metal gold are borrowed from the coat of arms of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, our immediate parent organization.

The Crest
On the top of the helmet is a circlet or coronet of red maple leaves, emblematic of Canada. From this arises the right hand of a surgeon grasping a dagger on which is impaled the head of a dragon erased connoting the eradication of disease.

The Mantling
The mantling is again in surgical red and lined in gold.

The Motto
Sapientia Manaque Apta ("Wisdom and a Skillful Hand") is a modification of the motto of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada which reads "With a Keen Mind and Skillful Hand". Sapientia (wisdom) embodies the concepts of knowledge and judgment, both essential in a surgeon no matter how dexterous.

Procedural Matters
The CAGS coat of arms was developed under the guidance of Dr. Robert H. Thorlakson, M.D., FRCS, FRCSC, FACS of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The noted heraldic artist Gordon Macpherson of Burlington, Ontario rendered the library painting. Regrettably electronic reproduction as for this web page hardly does justice to this endeavor. The CAGS coat of arms was presented to and accepted officially by the Chief Herald of Canada, Robert D. Watt in 1992. The formal letters patent were issued to CAGS and the arms were registered in the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada. A notice of grant was published in the Canadian Gazette. A copy of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons Coat of Arms mounted on red velvet and framed in a gold box frame hangs in the quarters of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Ottawa."

Picture and information from http://www.cags-accg.ca/cagsaccg.php?page=3
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Re: Canadian Association of General Surgeons and others.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 14 Apr 2014, 17:22

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Arms of the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology.


"Blazon
Arms
On a fess between three maple leaves Or a crab Gules;

Crest
Issuant from a tower Or a dexter cubit arm proper grasping a fleam Gules;

Motto
PESTILENTIAE DEBELLANDAE;

Symbolism
Arms
The Society is a group of Canadian surgeons treating cancer patients. The crab is an ancient astrological symbol for the constellation of Cancer, and makes a reference to this medical specialization.

Crest
The hand rising from the fortified tower represents the fortitude of cancer patients as well as their determination to rise above the disease, under the care of their surgeons. The fleam is an ancient surgical tool.

Motto
Meaning “Pestilences must be overcome”."

Information and Picture from the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada Vol V p53. Granted 15 September 2006 by the CHA.


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