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nucleus: autumn 2002

Editorial

Fighting back our emotions, Mark’s mother and I stood in a dimly lit corner, watching as he struggled to breath. Her desperate sobbing battled for superiority against the rapid beeping of his heart monitor. The scene before my eyes wrenched at my heart; a seemingly endless tangle of tubes, lines...

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Ourselves and Other Animals

Speciesism noun human assumption of superiority.[1] The UK government has been widely cited as being in the process of drawing up a ‘Bill of Rights’ for pets. The wording may be imprecise, but proposed changes to legislation do aim to ensure a minimum quality of life for captive animals.[2] It...

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Testing Times

New laws are needed to prevent the misuse of genetic samples, the Government’s genetic advisors have warned. If the slide towards a ‘Big Brother’ society is to be halted, the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) says tougher measures are needed to make it a criminal offence to test someone’s DNA or...

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News Review

Diane Pretty dies Peaceful end for Ms B Dutch legalise euthanasia Australian family may face jail for watching suicide SPUC fail to get morning-after pill banned BBC wrong to ban Prolife broadcast Gay couples allowed to adopt HFEA grants stem cell research licences Outrage at latest human cloning claims High...

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Psychiatry and Christianity - Poles apart?

Many Christian medical students find their psychiatry attachments daunting. They are in an environment where people talk about feelings, emotions and values, but in a way that may seem hostile to the gospel. This article aims to answer some of the questions that often confuse Christian students. For example: How...

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Abortion - The Damage to Women

Sally, aged 38, called her GP to her home, suffering from perineal bleeding. She had never presented with psychological problems. The GP noted that her flat was remarkable for the number of soft toys that occupied every available space. When the GP asked Sally routine gynaecological questions, she burst into...

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Deadly Questions - Won't a good, moral life get me Heaven?

Funerals are funny things. It doesn’t seem to matter too much how the person lived or what they believed in life, the comments made often tend to run down familiar lines. Along with reminiscences about what a nice person they were, there is often some kind of reassurance that they...

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Ethical Enigma - introduction

In this new column I intend to stimulate your mind, challenge your brain cells and encourage you to think biblically about some of the clinical situations you will come across as you go on in your medical career. Each issue will have a new question to be puzzled over and...

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A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Book Review)

Don’t be put off by the lofty title - this is a very practical book about how we can learn from the Bible to pray in line with God’s plans. Don Carson argues that the most urgent need of today’s Christians in the West is a closer knowledge of God,...

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Letters

Editor, I was intrigued by comments in your previous editorial, in which you said that Christians have a ‘sure and solid foundation’ upon which to base all moral decisions. You implied that this set them apart from today’s inconsistent postmodern society. Two recent stories in the British news have been the...

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