Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: photic sneeze response

  • Ancient “achoo”: The photic sneeze response in Greek mythology

    Saty Satya-Murti Santa Maria, California, United States   Prometheus stealing sunshine in a hollow reed. Prometheus Carrying Fire by Jan Cossiers, 1637. Via Wikimedia.  Sneezing, or “sternutation,” has deep roots in mythology and culture. Often associated with life and health but also with death, various cultures have considered sneezing a good or bad omen. Blessing…