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nucleus: spring 2001

Editorial

Like a chick kicked out of the nest finding out whether or not she can fly. That’s how I’ve felt at times during the first nine weeks of my initiation into clinical medicine. Studying at a university that has been one of the last to see the light and convert...

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Conjoint Twins

King Solomon said ‘This one says, my son is alive and your son is dead, while that one says, No!, your son is dead and mine is alive.’ Then the king said, ‘Bring me a sword.’ So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order, ‘Cut...

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Conscientious Objection to Abortion

The case of a junior doctor denied a post on the General Practice Training Scheme because he refused to clerk patients for elective abortions has caused a media storm in Scotland, re-igniting the debate about abortion and conscientious objection. Dr Everett Julyan, a member of CMF, said that two members...

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International Orientation

Each January 400 students from all over the UK descend on the Hayes conference centre for CMF’s national student conference. It is the highlight of the CMF year and students often come back again and again for the excellent teaching and the chance to make new friendships and revive old...

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News Review

Couple fight to choose sex of child Haemophilia avoided by sex selection Fetal Pain Debate Reopened Anaesthesia in organ removal PVS patients allowed to die Acupuncture for drug users Abortion pill may be sold as contraceptive Morning-after pill ‘a success’ Cambridge students reject National Abortion Campaign Christian groups welcome new...

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Is Christianity Evidence-Based?

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable’(Henry Mecken).[1] Many share Mecken’s view that real faith occurs in spite of evidence to the contrary. However, the fact is that everyone has a ‘faith’, a worldview they live by to understand the world, to...

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Should Christians Fight?

Along with most medics, I am more naturally drawn to helping the injured, especially the innocent injured, rather than fighting in a war. However, even in the UK we can all expect to be caught up in a war in our lifetime. Jesus warned us that there would be ‘wars...

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Serving the Casualties of War

My time in war zones has left me with many questions. Should I be there at all? What would Jesus have done? Here are some biblical insights that have helped me on my way. Should we give humanitarian aid? Most Christians will have few problems with the need to help with...

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Sharing Christ with patients

Late nights, early mornings and frantic ward rounds. All this coupled with a horrid little black box which screams regularly to let you know it's still there. Such is the life of a busy junior doctor in an enormous inner city hospital. My first few months have been akin to...

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Know Your Bible 36

Answers It was David who escaped death by fleeing through a window whilst his wife Michal fooled the would-be assassins with a mannequin and goat hair (1 Sa 19:11-17). Michal demonstrated that the need to protect innocent life supersedes family or other ties. Solomon is the wise naturalist so described...

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Differential Diagnosis 34

The woman had for twelve years been subject to bleeding, presumably uterine and fairly constant. Its effects on her life had been catastrophic. Physically, she would have suffered chronic anaemia and weakness. Probably she had been unable to conceive and was therefore childless, a significant shame in her society. But...

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