Mark H. Beers, MD
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Beers M.; The Curse of Tantalus. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:228-229. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-3-200502010-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(3):228-229.
TO THE EDITOR:
In the 5 October 2004 issue, Dr. Stone referenced the curse of Tantalus and stated that the king's punishment was for “some unspecified breach of protocol.” In at least one well-known version of the myth, Tantalus's offense was serving the boiled remains of his son to the gods. He did this to test their ability to see and know all things. They did; he didn't. The take-home message to the ancients was to avoid trying to outsmart the gods. However, as medical researchers, we strive every day to do just that. We must hope for a better reward.
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