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Books, Journals, New Media
December 1, 2004

Phrenology

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2661-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2661-a

It’s not done anymore; no one wants
to believe the knobs on your skull
mean Joy, Knowledge, Desire—
but in an antique shop I stumbled
on a porcelain head numbered
in half-acre lots like a builder’s map;
for an extra buck, they’d explain all.
Who needs a key? Let me paw your head,
and I’ll tell you who you are.
This is the Hurry bump
(from when you ducked too late);
it makes you hit the gas,
run red lights. This temple bulge
is Rage—where your brother whacked you
with a tin pail one sun-mad
afternoon at the beach;
here’s the hub for Overdrawing Funds
next to the Worry lump.
You got this Frustration knob
from constant blows on a stone wall.
Don’t fret about the brain inside:
if you believe this, there’s
nothing to it.

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