Friday, 12 August 2011

Religion & medicine as seen by WG Sebald

I came across the following in 'Vertigo' by the late WG Sebald, who I think one of the greatest post-war writers. It speaks to the ridiculousness of juxtaposing religion and medicine.

"On one occasion, the two of them, the priest and Dr Piazolo, mistook each other's rucksacks when they were sitting side by side at the Adlerwirt, and Dr Piazolo drove off to his next patient equipped for the last rites while Father Wurmser brought the doctor's instruments to the next member of his congregation who was about to expire"

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