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Did Goliath Have a Gland Disorder?
"It was a miracle that such a small and young shepherd could defeat Goliath in battle," said Vladimir Berginer, a professor of neurology at Ben-Gurion University here.
"But now i have found an explanation for it."
said Goliath, who the Old Testament indicates was about three meters (10 feet) tall, suffered from a disease of the pituitary gland called acromegaly.
The condition has been commonly associated with gigantism since its discovery in the 19th century.
"This is the only disease where sufferers can grow to such a height," Mr. Berginer
said Goliath had an advanced form of the illness, causing a tumor to swell against an optic nerve and damaging his
"I'm sure that from time to time, Goliath did not see David because in the Bible it was written a few times that Goliath was very slow, but David ran," Mr. Berginer
The shepherd boy was darting and feinting so much that the visually challenged giant "did not see David and was unprepared for the fatal stone."
said David's celebrated slingshot strike did not actually kill Goliath but damaged his
David was then able to approach the unconscious giant and hack off his
head with a sword.
The professor has submitted his
findings for publication in the "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry" of London.
(So now you know!
This scientist has been able to determine the health of someone who lived thousands of years ago just by the biblical account.
The Bible just isn't correct in what it says according to Mr. Berginer
name should be changed to 'beginner'.
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David and Goliath, as in the Bible story: Goliath may have lost his fight with David due to poor vision, is the theory of Mr. Vladimir Berginer, a neurologist at Ben-Gurion University, of the Negev.
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Beer-Sheva, February 16, 2000 - Goliath, the giant and fearsome Philistine warrior of the Bible, may have suffered from visual field impairment, a condition working in favor of David in his historic battle with the renowned soldier, according to Prof. Vladimir Berginer, of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
...Berginer is a neurologist who has treated patients with acromegaly - a disease of the pituitary gland associated with gigantism, restricted fields of vision and other pathological symptoms.
Prof. Berginer points out that giants of staggering proportions generally suffer from acromegaly, a condition that was only recognized as a disease in the 19th century.In acromegaly, a tumor of the pituitary gland (known in medical parlance as a macroadenoma) releases large amounts of growth hormone, causing abnormal growth of the skeleton and other tissues.
According to Berginer
, acromegaly patients can also suffer from impaired eyesight, caused by pressure of the tumor on the cross-over point of the optic nerves (the optic hiasma).
While examining the neurological aspects of the David and Goliath battle, Berginer
went to the site of the event in the Elah Valley, south of Beit-Shemesh
in Israel, and was surprised to find no sign or monument to mark the event.
"I found it curious," says Berginer
, "that although the heroic story of the Jewish mass suicide on Masada is at the focus of Israeli
culture, David's victory over Goliath in the Elah Valley has been largely overlooked."According to Berginer
, David's victory has become a symbol of the triumph of good over evil and of spiritual faith over physical power that ought to be recognized. Berginer founded "David's Victory," a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a memorial to this historic battle, in coordination with Kibbutz Netiv-Halamedhei and the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.
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mmGoliath's words were a bit too hasty according to Dr. Vladimir Berginer, Israeli Neurologist, who believes that Goliath suffered from a hormonal disease that not only contributed to his enormous size and strength but also diminished his eyesight.
This pituitary disease known as acromegaly presses on the optic nerve thus causing vision problems.
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Vladimir Berginer, a professor of neurology at Israel's Ben-Gurion University believes Goliath grew to 9 feet 8 inches because of a neurological condition know as acromegaly.In acromegaly, a tumor of the pituitary gland releases extra growth hormone which causes the skeleton and other tissues to grow to an abnormal size.It also causes terrible eyesight."It is written in the Bible that Goliath was moving very slowly, but that David was running," Professor Berginer said."If my theory is correct, Goliath was suffering from restricted vision, and could not see David from time to time."He published his findings in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry but he does not believe his findings diminish the story.In his eyes, it is still about "the battle of good against evil."