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March 2, 1963

THE EGGHEAD

JAMA. 1963;183(9):784-785. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700090104017

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Abstract

Since physicians have traditionally been among the intellectual leaders of the community, they should be especially concerned with the concept of the "egghead." This term is here to stay, and yet no suitable analysis of it has appeared. It is not generally known, for example, that the first egghead reposed on the shoulders of the Greek god Zeus. Zeus, boss of the Greek Pantheon, had an official wife, together with numerous unofficial ones. None of them, however, was sufficiently prolific, so that Zeus took the matter of generation into his own hands, or, literally, into his own head. And from his own head he produced the goddess Athena. It is said that this delivery was accomplished by the god Hephaistos, who allegedly split Zeus' skull with an ax to allow the goddess to emerge. This extraordinary episiotomy, truly heroic midwifery, did not inconvenience Zeus very much. There is no record

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