St Thomas Hospital

First Do No Harm

St Thomas Hospital, the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous,

where a nun wishing to be anonymous gave sanctuary

to Bill W and Dr Bob and through them to all the millions

who followed.

Today Mary is confined to a courtyard statue,

while in the name of doubting Thomas,

doctors who do not believe in miracles

carve up innocent dogs, debarked so their cries

will not disturb the patients.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

General Bramwell
Booth found that
vegetarian and vegan
diet were natural
cures for alcoholism.

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