Hello everyone. It is a new year and a new tenure for us here at Medivoice. I believe this year has been undoubtedly amazing so far. Well, for me, it has. I hope it’s the same for everyone reading this.
This year, we are starting with something special. We are travelling back in time to revisit various love stories that gave rise to different medical eponyms. Words like nymphomania, caput medusa and others have mythological origins but we are concerned only with the ones who” fell in love”. Stay tuned and enjoy!
“FIRST WRITTEN, FIRST SERVED”
Oedipus or oedipal complex in psychoanalytic theory is a male child’s desire to have sexual relations with the parent of the opposite sex.it is called Electra complex when it is a female child.
Oedipus’ mother, Jocasta was pregnant and his father Laius, went to consult the oracle. The oracle told him that his son would be his end and for this reason, after Oedipus was born, his hands and feet were tied and he was left on a mountainside to die. A shepherd rescued him and brought him to the king of Corinth who raised him.
After reaching manhood, Oedipus embarked on a journey where he met an old man at a crossroad attended by 5 servants. He got into an argument with the man and his servants and killed them all. He then wandered to Thebes where he met the sphinx.
The sphinx is a terrible creature who guarded the gates of the city. The sphinx devoured all those who passed by and couldn’t answer its riddle: What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs at night? Oedipus thought for a while and gave the correct answer, a human being. This made the sphinx so angry that she killed herself and Oedipus got rewarded for it, he was asked to marry the woman of his choice in the kingdom. He met the queen Jocasta and fell in love with her instantly. He married her and gave birth to 4 children.
After many years a plague came to the city and the oracle proclaimed that it will last until the murderer of Laius, the former king is discovered. Oedipus diligently began the search. And sadly, he finds that not only has he killed his father, but he also fell in love with his mother and married her. Jocasta killed herself when she heard and Oedipus blinded himself.
Pheeeew! That was electrifying, wasn’t it? Although it ended not the way we wanted, at least we learned something. And I am really sure we enjoyed reading it. If you didn’t, read it again and slowly. This is where I will stop for the week. It is another story next time. Stay in touch and stay alert! BYEEE!