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Serving, Not Being Served (triple helix - autumn 2004)

Jesus summed up God's demands on mankind in two key commands: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbour as yourself'.[1] Jesus fulfilled both perfectly in making it his supreme objective to do the will...

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Whole Person Medicine (nucleus - autumn 2004)

When I began my medical training, just over 40 years ago, we spent two and a half years learning the basic medical sciences - anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Our teachers informed us that all medicine depended on these basic laboratory sciences. Later, clinical sciences such as pathology, immunology, medical imaging...

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Special Study Modules in Christian Medical Ethics (nucleus - autumn 2004)

A special study module (SSM) is designed to provide medical students with an extended opportunity to work independently on a topic that interests them. They achieve this by exploring and critically evaluating the literature on the subject, producing a written report and presenting a seminar. Although the focus is on...

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A word in season (triple helix - summer 2004)

With healthcare issues in the news almost every day, it's vital that the voices of Christians in the medical profession are heard in public debate. Some Christians have a natural aptitude for working with the media. For most of us, however, some basic training can make a huge difference to...

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Survivng as a House Officer (nucleus - autumn 2004)

The World Health Organization defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’.[1] Often in medicine we consider physical well-being, but neglect the mental and social aspects of health. We can think of house jobs in the same way and fail to consider the emotional, social and...

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Reading the Bible (nucleus - summer 2004)

In August 2002 I started as a very new and very scared CMF staffworker. I tried to prepare myself for the questions I thought medical students would ask me, and studied the hot topics of sexuality, abortion and end of life issues. To my amazement, the question that comes up...

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Battle Fatigue (triple helix - autumn 2002)

Half of consultants and a quarter of general practitioners are planning early retirement. Changes in the health service, patient demands, stress and dissatisfaction with their roles are dominant reasons. Our profession, devoted to patient care and health promotion, does little to prevent stress damage amongst its own members. Until recently...

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Surviving & Thriving at Medical School (nucleus - winter 2001)

One might think that medical school would be ideally suited to Christians. It offers the chance to study a fascinating subject, God's creation, along with a real opportunity to help those in need. However, for those that begin the course as Christians, many go cold in their faith and emerge...

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Sharing Christ with Colleagues (nucleus - autumn 2001)

Picture the situation: you’re a hardworking, frequently stressed junior doctor in a busy hospital. The firm is close-knit, supportive and your colleagues are all good mates. Five o’clock comes, you jet off home swapping your stethoscope for a Bible. Home group is your next stop. You’re actually a committed Christian...

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Hallmarks for Healthcare (triple helix - autumn 2000)

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, 'Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' He said to him, 'What is written in the law? How do you read?' And he answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,...

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