Why is the Pagan Hermetic Caduceus a medicalized symbol for public health?

  • Why is the Pagan Hermetic Caduceus a medicalized symbol for public health?

    Posted by Craig Matheson on August 4, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    While it may seem silly to think there’s need to defend there’s two genders, or that ever has been medical malfeasance, please see an artistic, fun way to go about the discussion. It’s a book of poetry.

    Why is most current poetry of a non-metrical fashion or sort?

    Shall there only be still such cadenced, rhyming wordplay within song and music?

    Pan-Worldly Things is presented to bring it back to literature.

    The book contains 12 metrical poems of ranging discussion including upon the modern iteration—The Kybalion—of Ancient Greek philosophy to the Hermetica through in how it’s supportive to matters at hand; in a way The Kybalion has been estimated as a philosophical handbook for elites, possibly tied to reasoning for why the Hermetic Caduceus became a medical symbol (through the U.S. Army, claiming blunder in post) about 100 years ago while the U.S. Eugenics movement hit a stride, as discussed within the poetry.


    Pan-Worldly Things: The Hermetic Realm of the Opposites – Wipf and Stock Publishers.


    – the U.S. Eugenics movement stoked up in California relatively just prior to the Hermetic Caduceus become a medical symbol in 1902

    Quoted from the below webpage:
    Adoption by the US military[edit]

    The flag of the Surgeon General of the United States Army, depicting the Caduceus.

    Army Medical Department regimental coat of arms (1863) uses the Rod of Asclepius
    Widespread confusion regarding the supposed medical significance apparently arose as a result of events in the United States that occurred in the second half of the 19th century.[5] As pointed out by Garrison, the caduceus had appeared on the chevrons of Army hospital stewards as early as 1856…

    … The caduceus was formally adopted by the Medical Department of the United States Army in 1902 and was added to the uniforms of Army medical officers. According to Friedlander, this was brought about by one Captain Frederick P. Reynolds, although Bernice Engle states “the use of the caduceus in our army I believe to be due chiefly to the late Colonel Hoff, who has emphasized the suitability of the caduceus as an emblem of neutrality.[3]Reynolds had the idea rejected several times by the Surgeon General, but persuaded the new incumbent — Brig. Gen. William H. Forwood — to adopt it. This resulted in considerable controversy….

    … Considerable light is shed on this confusion by an anonymous letter republished by Emerson, a historian of United States Army insignia and uniforms. He indicates that the April 1924 issue of The Military Surgeonprinted a review of an earlier article that appeared in the Presse Médicale in which the author stated “There is nothing in history to justify the use of the caduceus as the emblem of the physician […] it is most unfortunate that the ‘confusion’ exists.”

    – The Kybalion was published in 1908

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