Mythology can be viewed
in a Clinical Medical perspective. Here the emphasis is on Ideonomy or “ideas in words”.
In Homer’s time, Myth
implied "just words" or logos - as symbolic syntheses of spiritual and physical realities in poetic style. The persisting grip of ancient myths upon "modern" man stands on two feet, one is truth and the other beauty. How is a child to grasp dreams, the
infinite, time, goodness or evil but from fairy tales? Myths touch upon an incomprehensible world
whispering truths to mortals. When exploited and degraded, myths can become "fundamentalisms" and other "isms" - many religions equate "The Word or "Logos" with God. Even the queen of sciences, mathematics, had to welcome the mythic zero,
infinity and timelessness.
In Medicine, "health and disease" are mythical notions. A clinical dialog is richer when we grasp that "others before us were also there". Ancient poets endowed us with words that blend facts with humanism and "Hope", the patroness of this Pandora"s Word Box site, if not omnipresent, should call upon us to complete the task.
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