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Letter to God

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1341
  1. Paul Brown (, consultant in prion diseases
  1. Bethesda, Maryland, United States

    Dear God,

    As You undoubtedly know, there is a little argument down here about intelligent design and evolution. If You really did create us in a day, and if You ever find humans worth another try, there are a few anatomical modifications that we hope You might consider the next time around.

    As it happens, Lord, some of the organs You included in the mix have not turned out so well. Tonsils and appendixes don't seem to be especially useful apart from keeping surgeons occupied, or as clues to infection with “mad cow disease.” And sinuses. Even if they do lighten the head, all they ever do is get infected. Couldn't we just have stronger neck muscles?

    Our perversity in wanting to walk upright, when it is clear that this was not Your intention, has led …

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