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Who is Αtlas and what does he have to do with medicine?


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January 02, 2010 7:39PM


During the war of the Titans, Atlas stormed Mt. Olympus and threatened the Gods. And as punishment for this war crime, Zeus sentenced him to hold up the heavens and bear their weight on his shoulders forever.

Now the heavens might be made mostly of cloud, but you'd be surprised how heavy they are. (In fact it's a miracle they managed to stay up so long before Atlas showed up.) So Atlas was very relieved when Heracles came along offered to give him a hand in return for a little help to complete one of his Labours. Atlas nipped off to get the golden apples but wasn't inclined to resume his burden. "Here, hold this a minute while I scratch my back," said Heracles. And Atlas, not the brightest apple in the barrel, did so while Heracles made a sharp exit.

The awful burden was made slightly easier for Atlas to bear when Perseus came along and turned him to stone with the head of Medusa. He's now known as Mount Atlas. He was the son of Clymenne and Iapetus

I don't think Atlas has anything to do with medicine.

Supplementary Answer

Atlas also means:

1. A book or bound collection of maps, sometimes with supplementary illustrations and graphic analyses.2. A volume of tables, charts, or plates that systematically illustrates a particular subject: an anatomical atlas.

3. A large size of drawing paper, measuring 26 × 33 or 26 × 34 inches

by the free dictionary

Maybe you mean Medical Atlas or something similar. That could be the only relation between Atlas and Medicine.