Throughout history and across cultures, the force of memory has always held a prominent position in our concept of humanity and self. The ancient Greeks embodied memory in a goddess – Mnemosyne, the mother of the nine inspiring Muses. But what if a person possessed memories so upsetting and intense that they caused him to not be able to function as himself? If you had the option, would you choose to forget or to distance yourself? This dilemma is now a source of debate among scientists and medical practitioners. Propranolol, a drug previously prescribed to people suffering from hypertension, has also been found to bring some relief to victims of traumatic events by manipulating their memory of the experience.