© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Some people say that Asclepius, the god of medicine, was never a god at all. Instead, he was just a mortal man who just so happened to be the best doctor ever. Asclepius was so skilled at healing that he even figured out how to bring people back from the dead. (That's about as good as it gets.) Zeus, however, was not impressed with Asclepius' talent for zombie-making, and the king of the gods zapped the good doctor with a lightning bolt.

Basic Information

NicknameDr. A
Current cityThe stars, the Underworld, or Olympus (depends on who you ask)

Work & Education

OccupationGod of Medicine and Healing and/or Best Mortal Doctor Ever
EducationChiron's School of Healing


Political viewsI only care about healing everyone, no matter their allegiances.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsApollo (Dad)
Corios (Mom)
ChildrenHygeia (goddess of health)
Panaceia (goddess of cure-alls)
Aigle (goddess of radiant good health)
Iaso (goddess of cures)
Akeso (goddess of the process of healing)
Podaleirios (mortal son, legendary healer)
Machaon (mortal son, legendary healer)
EnemiesNosoi (spirits of disease)


Relationship statusMarried to Epione (goddess of soothing pain)
Interested inMy lovely wife


Quotations"The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body."
– Francis Bacon Jr.

"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal."
– Sir Thomas More

"Health is not valued till sickness comes."
– Thomas Fuller

"Heal the world.
Make it a better place.
For you and for me
And the entire human race."
– from "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson (me and Hygeia's song)

"You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one."
– from "Imagine" by John Lennon
BooksThe Plague by Albert Camus 
Angels in America by Tony Kushner 
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
"In the Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Bishop 
Gray's Anatomy by Henry Gray
Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss 
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 
MusicImagine by John Lennon 
Everybody Hurts by R.E.M 
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong 
The Healer by John Lee Hooker and Santana 
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley 
Heal the World by Michael Jackson 
Dr. Love by Kiss 
Dr. Jones by Aqua (What can I say, I have a guilty pleasure…)
MoviesPatch Adams 
Night of the Living Dead 
How to Survive a Plague 
The Waiting Room
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Life is Beautiful 
TV ShowsComa
Grey's Anatomy 
The Walking Dead 

Activities & Interests

Universal healthcare
Hand sanitizer
ActivitiesHealing the sick
Raising the dead
GroupsDoctors Without Borders
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 
Amnesty International

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...