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caduceus

(kədyo͞o`sēəs), wing-topped staff, with two snakes winding about it, carried by HermesHermes,
in Greek religion and mythology, son of Zeus and Maia. His functions were many, but he was primarily the messenger of the gods, particularly of Zeus, and conductor of souls to Hades.
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, given to him (according to one legend) by Apollo. The symbol of two intertwined snakes appeared early in Babylonia and is related to other serpent symbols of fertility, wisdom, and healing, and of sun gods. This staff of Hermes was carried by Greek heralds and ambassadors and became a Roman symbol for truce, neutrality, and noncombatant status. By regulation, it has since 1902 been the insignia of the medical branch of the U.S. army. The caduceus is much used as a symbol of commerce, postal service, and ambassadorial positions and since the 16th cent. has largely replaced the one-snake symbol of AsclepiusAsclepius
, Lat. Aesculapius , legendary Greek physician; son of Apollo and Coronis. His first teacher was the wise centaur Chiron. When he became so skillful in healing that he could revive the dead, Zeus killed him.
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 as a symbol of medicine.

caduceus

snake-entwined staff; emblem of medical profession. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 49]

caduceus

Mercury’s staff; symbol of messengers. [Rom. Myth.: Jobes, 266–267]
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The American Medical Association chose the poled serpent (caduceus) as its icon for precisely this reason.
He points upward with his raised right hand while bearing his caduceus, or snake-entwined staff, in his left arm.
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After sketching Hogarth's serpentine line and its context, I discuss Suspiria's appropriations of this much-mediated figure through four striking images of waving lines: the caduceus; a vibrating magnet; waterfowl over a lake; and an undulating river.