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triple helix: summer 2009

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Assisted suicide: amendment defeated

On 7 July the House of Lords rejected by 194 to 141 a change in the law on assisted suicide. (1) Lord Falconer's amendment 173 to the Coroners and Justice Bill would have exempted from investigation and prosecution those who help terminally ill people to travel abroad to seek assisted...

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Swine flu

Reports of illness caused by the novel virus, influenza A/H1N1v, known as swine flu, first emerged in Mexico in April. On 11 June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert to Phase 6, indicating that a global pandemic is underway. This reflects the fact there are now...

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Abortion advertising on TV?

Back in March I went to a local BMA meeting to submit some motions for the ARM (annual representatives' meeting) on 29 June-2 July. At the time there was media coverage of a potential relaxation of advertising rules that could see abortion providers advertising on TV. So I wrote a...

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Spirituality in the NHS

The case of Caroline Petrie, a community nurse suspended for asking a patient if she wanted prayer, hit the headlines in January and created a national and international storm. (1) It prompted Bernadette Birtwhistle and others to table motions at the BMA ARM recognising the importance of spiritual care, (2)...

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Organ Donor Campaign

In polls, 90% of the public say they support organ donation, but far fewer are actually on the NHS Organ Donor Register - by this July the number was only 27% of those eligible (although up from 20% in the last year). (1) The Organ Donation Task Force concluded in...

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CMF at 60 - back to the future?

key points Recognising the risk that retrospective views are inevitably rose tinted, the author recounts the history of CMF's foundation in 1949 and shares some personal reflections on Dr Douglas Johnson. He reviews the subsequent period of momentous change for the profession and society at large, and notes the current...

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Adoption - not just a calling for the childless

key points As paediatric surgeon and child and adolescent psychiatrist, Paul and Hilary Johnson are involved professionally with the adoption of children. They have also adopted two children who are now teenagers. They believe the wider concept and practice of 'adoption' is at the very heart of the Christian message,...

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Making the most of our time

Making the most of our timejuniors' forumKaty Barker on busynessThe past year has seen a lot of changes for me. In twelve months there have been: one set of exams, two job applications, three job rotations, more night shifts and on-calls than I wish to count, small groups, CMF, church,...

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'The great physician'

key points Recognising the difference between medical knowledge in Jesus' day and ours, the author, a PRIME tutor, suggests Jesus' healing ministry gives clear guidelines for the practice of whole person medicine today. Jesus touches the untouchable and is touched by people's suffering, releases physically and socially and spiritually, and...

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MDG 6 - HIV, TB and malaria

key points The Millennium Development Goals are eight key commitments made by 192 member countries of the United Nations to address global poverty, with targets to be achieved by 2015. Three have an explicit health focus. Current achievements against specific targets are reviewed for HIV and AIDS, malaria, and TB...

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Exodus 21 and abortion

key points While the word 'abortion' does not appear in any translation of the Bible, the Scriptures almost always have more to say on a question than we realise. Traditional interpretations of Exodus 21:22-25 are reviewed and the author concludes the passage refers to harm to both mother and child. ...

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Taking time out

'I've always wanted to work abroad but…' is a phrase I often hear from junior doctors who have moved from the carefree days of student electives into the harsh realities of postgraduate training and the Modernising Medical Careers system. Many have the impression that time out to work in developing...

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Eutychus

eutychusJewish Medical Ethics This classic by former Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits was published 50 years ago, and a BMJ review brings pithy reminders of priorities: '…we speak of human duties, not of human rights, of obligations not entitlement. The Decalogue is a list of Ten Commandments not a bill of Human...

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Crying for the light

Depression is a common problem and can present particular challenges for Christians, being viewed by some as evidence of weak faith, unconfessed sin or demonic activity. Veronica Zundel has long experience of depression and writes from a Christian perspective. Crying for the Light is 'not a self-help book, a medical...

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Animal Rights, Human Responsibilities

This short booklet is part of the Grove Ethics Series which aims to provide 'fast moving explorations of Christian life and ministry'. As a practising vet who also teaches at the Veterinary School in Cambridge, David Williams draws on a wealth of experience in tackling questions about the Christian view...

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Learning to be the patient

CMF member Hazel was a GP, police surgeon, and a doctor at a local hospice; someone full of energy and outside interests; a Christian, a wife, and a mother. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 50. This book stems from her journal, mixing narrative and reflection...

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Self Harm

This is a self help book which is practical and uses real life examples to good effect. The first section addresses 'What is self harm and how does it develop?' The authors explain the role of emotions and explain why some people deal with intense emotions by self harming. They...

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Caring for Hindu Patients

This book does 'exactly what it says on the tin'! It is clear, well presented, simple, concise and practical. The book will help all health professionals care for their Hindu patients. The contributors come from varying perspectives: Hindu and Muslim, medical and non-medical, and primary and secondary care. I found...

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Pictures in AIDUcation

The author writes from two decades' experience responding to the AIDS crisis in his native Zambia, in Botswana, and most recently in the UK. During that time, as well as caring for and treating affected individuals and families, he has also been actively developing a strategy for educating whole communities...

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AIDS: I'm Not at Risk, Am I?

Now in its third imprint, the Thomas's book was written to answer the many questions and concerns they have responded to in the course of two decades of ministry around the world. Aimed at the lay reader, including the worried well, the bereaved, those living with HIV and AIDS, and...

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Planetwise

A number of books have been published recently, rightly responding to the fact that Christians have not taken their responsibility towards God's earth seriously. Planetwise is a new contribution by Dave Bookless, a vicar and director of A Rocha UK, a Christian environmental movement. The first half is a biblical...

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Friend of 'sinners'?

Friend of 'sinners'? Thank you for publishing Dewi Hughes's thoughtful article on harm reduction strategies. His theological view is refreshingly practical and much needed, addressing useful examples from my field of work: sexual health. It sometimes feels there is no area of medicine more likely to call forth criticism from...

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Why DID I join CMF?

I was challenged by the penultimate paragraph in Andrew Brown's article (p6-7). Reviewing 60 years of CMF, he wonders why more Christian doctors don't join? It was 1976. I'd been a Christian four years, was doing my house surgeon job in the sticks, and a consultant physician there was a...

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