Fear God Alone, a poem by medical student Andrea Gerberding
I ask first- and second-year Baylor College of Medicine students who take the Healing by Killing: Medicine in the Third Reich elective to submit a final paper that has been stimulated by the content of the course. Most write essays and a few like Andrea write poems. Another uncommon aspect of her submission is that it speaks directly about religion. In poetic form she addresses the difficult problem of suffering in the world and a nation’s disastrous choice of a false messiah to relieve the suffering. Her poem is a short cautionary tale about the choices we all make.
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