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nucleus: summer 2003

Editorial

Perhaps the thing that struck me most at this year's CMF National Students' Conference (pp4,5) was how reluctant we are to think. The teaching in the main talks was of a standard we rarely encounter and it was clear that many of us are not used to exercising our critical...

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A Right to Die?

On 20 January 2003 Reginald Crew became the second Briton to travel to an 'assisted suicide' clinic in Switzerland in order to have his life ended by a fatal dose of barbiturates. The 74 year old former car worker suffered from motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition, which left...

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Turning Points - National Conference Report

For many of us, the CMF National Students’ Conference is the high point of the spring term; this year’s conference was no exception. From 7-9 February over 360 of us enjoyed a fantastic weekend of teaching and fellowship at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. Over three plenary sessions, the...

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News Review

First cloned baby claim Law Lords give cloning the all-clear Dolly’s death fuels cloning concerns Stem cell progress Fatherhood - the IVF way Backdoor euthanasia by nurses? Assisted death proposals Arnica - jury still out Tobacco advertising banned First cloned baby claim The world’s first cloned human baby, Eve,...

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Psychiatry and Christianity - Poles apart? - part two

This is the second of two articles seeking to answer some of the questions that Christian students raise when they start psychiatry attachments. In my first article[1] I outlined a biblical model through which we can begin to make sense of the different secular models for mental illness from a...

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Why Christians Disagree

My father was a Congregationalist and my mother Anglican and after leaving home my brother joined the Baptists and I the Open Brethren. I married my Presbyterian wife in a Christian Missionary Alliance church, and during housejobs we were members of an Apostolic Pentecostal fellowship. Later we went to a...

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Managing Money and Debt

You are an eager young medical student; you are keen to learn; you want to use your increasing medical knowledge to relieve others’ suffering, but you find yourself increasingly in debt. As a recent Times magazine article indicated, you may well reach the end of your training £35,000 in debt....

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Ethical Enigma 3

It is important to remember that you are dealing with real people with real feelings and emotions at a vulnerable time in their lives. You must remember to listen to and acknowledge their concerns, and respond in a caring and loving way with ‘gentleness and respect’.[1] In responding to the patient’s...

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Letters

Editor, I always enjoy Nucleus but the January 2003 issue was particularly good with a stimulating mix of articles. However, I was brought up short by Bernard Palmer’s discussion of evolutionary processes (‘Science and the Christian Faith’, pp22-29). He demonstrates the amazing complexity of the universe and the wonderful way in...

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The Universe Next Door - a Basic Worldview Catalog

How should we live? Everyone has ideas about this, from George W Bush vowing to defend ‘the American way of life’ to the Taliban destroying images of Buddha. It is easy to see how people differ from yourself, but these differences often feel like deviations from the norm - ‘surely...

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