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March 29, 1976

A Biblical Headache

Author Affiliations

Queens Hospital Center Queens, NY

JAMA. 1976;235(13):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260390013012

To the Editor. —  Although I agree with Drs Horton and Bowman (234:1019, 1975) that the biblical incident of the Prophet Elisha reviving the child of the Shunamite woman (2 Kings 4:34-35) may represent a case of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,1 the suggestion that the boy's headache was due to a ruptured congenital intracranial aneurysm is pure speculation. Most biblical commentators interpret the child's illness (2 Kings 4:18-20) to have been sunstroke, since this was the boy's first exposure to the fiercely hot Middle Eastern sun.