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This he had, however, neglected; as it was usual with him to do all manner of disorders which did not confine him to his bed, or prevent his several faculties from performing their ordinary functions;--a conduct which we would by no means be thought to approve or recommend to imitation; for surely the gentlemen of the Aesculapian art are in the right in advising, that the moment the disease has entered at one door, the physician should be introduced at the other: what else is meant by that old adage,
This may refer to the Aesculapian snake (Zamenis longissimus) of which an isolated and remnant population still lives in the vicinity of Bingen today, near the German town of Schlangenbad.
About 50 Aesculapian snakes have been living in woods near the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay after a pregnant female escaped about 50 years ago.
Suffice it to say that if the centrepiece is a tree of life and menorah combined then it can be taken as a sign of knowledge and enlightenment, while the left and right panels could be interpreted as effervescent bowls of Hygieia and Aesculapian snakes protected by the Hungarian White Stag and Lamb of God/Paschal lamb, hence being indicators of healing, nation formation and obedience.
Even the disappointment of a truncated Order IV, seen without the concluding three reels--the first segments of Eros, O Basileus, Chornion (an undated and previously unseen film of the Aesculapian ruins on Kos), and Twice a Man--which could not be printed in time, failed to diminish the triumph of the event.
Antedating Cicero's The Dream of Scipio, later interpreted by Macrobius and alluded to by Boethius, where past and present predict the future, this tragic myth evolves ironically beyond Aesculapian dream traditions of healing prophetic oneiroscopy, instead creating a dream prison disguised as a dream palace.