Wings and serpents reign in hospitals and clinics and even the U.S. Army. Tonight they soared and slithered atop an article about trans* medical care—denial thereof—in Florida, colors coordinated in white, pink, and Egyptian blue.
Thing is, Egyptians of old would have recognized these airborne and earthbound in the caduceus, the wand wielded by the Greeks’ Hermes (and the Nile’s appropriated Hermes Trismegistus), the messenger Mercury.
The rod associated with medicine is not Mercury’s but rather the staff of Asclepius. Apollo bestowed these iconic objects on both deities, but only the latter is associated with medicine. And so: the next EMT you see is emblazoned properly; the next newscast, not.
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of the U.S. Army