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April 24, 1967

Forbidden Fruits

JAMA. 1967;200(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170120036

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To the Editor:—  The forbidden fruit a pomegranate? No, sir. I think Dr. Samuel Bigg of Canada (199:343, 1967) is wrong. God was not concerned with the sexual desire of the first couple and with the high estrogen ("begetter of mad desire") content of pomegranates. Remember that the Great Surgeon had just elaborated Eve from Adam's suprarenal gland (Med Proc7:223, 1961) and could not risk them eating anything which might raise their postoperative blood pressure, such as bananas, for example, which are known to have high catecholamine and noradrenaline contents.But they ate the forbidden bananas and, though this was not lethal (Genesis 2:7), it disturbed the Great Surgeon sufficiently for Him to meet out punishment, and we have suffered the consequences. Of course, had the silly girl not listened to that snake in the grass in the first place, the world would not be in the