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Poetry and Medicine
February 26, 2019

Santa Librada

Author Affiliations
  • 1UCHealth, Denver, Colorado
JAMA. 2019;321(8):808. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15969

Wilgefortis, Uncumber, Kümmernis, Débarras.
Might not this crucified, bearded girl of such legends
have been a guevedoces, one who transforms from girl to man,
seemingly supernaturally, until the advent
of genetics revealed not the power of prayer,
but a mutation of the 5α-reductase gene.
Is the miraculous lost when subjected to diagnosis?
Does not nature seem at times supernatural?

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