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triple helix: spring 2012

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Why not legalise same-sex marriage?

Why not legalise same-sex marriage? Britain is coming under increasing pressure to legalise same-sex marriage and Prime Minister David Cameron is determined to drive it through. A consultation on same-sex marriage closed in Scotland in December 2011 and a new consultation has been launched in Westminster to consider how legalisation...

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Changing views about sexual orientation

Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive Many people believe that homosexual and heterosexual are distinct biological categories like race – unchangeable, biologically fixed and genetically determined. It is on the basis of this view that the gay rights lobby and sections of the media argue that 'homophobia' is...

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Another GMC consultation: doctors 'assisting' suicide

Review by Andrew Fergusson Chairman, Advisory Group, Care Not Killing Alliance The General Medical Council has launched a consultation ending 4 May, on 'Guidance for the Investigation Committee and case examiners when considering allegations about a doctor's involvement in encouraging or assisting suicide'. (1) The definitive version will primarily...

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Four steps forward, five steps back

Review by Steve Fouch CMF Head of Allied Professions Ministries The last year has seen some significant changes relating to global major health problems. We saw that maternal mortality in the developing world was less than had been previously reported, (1) there were improvements in child health (2) and...

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Social care funding

Review by Helen Barratt Speciality registrar in public health The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has called on the Prime Minister to address the current 'crisis' in the elderly care system. The Archbishop said it is 'widely acknowledged' that the existing funding arrangements are 'unfit for purpose' as...

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Organ donation

Philippa Taylor considers the complexities of presumed consent. Plans are well underway in Wales to introduce legislation for an 'opt-out system' (otherwise known as 'presumed consent') for organ donation. This would permit doctors to remove organs from any dead patient, unless they had specifically registered a formal objection to it. ...

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Existential Anxiety: Between Faith and Despair

Pablo Martinez on anxiety and faith in Jesus Christ As the deer pants for streams for water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God' (1) Anxiety is one of the most common medical conditions today affecting about 20%...

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Mind & Soul

Rob Waller shares his experiences of working with Christians struggling with mental health issues. key points As a trainee psychiatrist the author became increasingly frustrated with the failure of the Church to deal sensitively with issues of mental health and began to blog about his learning and questions. Through networking...

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Building CMF Networks

Mark Pickering suggests ways to strengthen CMF's local and regional support networks. key points Local networks are essential. Although membership of the local church is vital, doctors often need to talk and pray with others who understand the challenges of medicine. Building closer links is not easy. Doctors are busy...

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Destitution - a state of utter poverty

Becky Macfarlane on the flight of failed asylum seekers key points The author explains that destitution among failed asylum seekers in the UK is a growing problem due to widely-criticised legislation designed to discourage asylum seekers from coming to the UK and to bring down the volume of asylum...

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From Muswell Hill to Malawi

Richard Brueton reflects on his journey to faith and subsequent overseas work in Malawi. key points A Christian upbringing including education at a cathedral school led the author to question the meaning of life but the answer proved elusive. Years later through studying the Gospels and with the persistent encouragement...

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the wider horizon: perspectives

Perspectives One of the joys of my job as CMF Head of International Ministries is that I meet people who are working all over the world. It's a privilege to hear about their different challenges and learn from their different perspectives. The tip of the iceberg At last year's Developing...

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Junior doctors and overseas mission work

Mikey Bryant encourages junior doctors to explore overseas work I spent a year working in a clinic for children with Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone after completing foundation training in Wales. This article explores some of the issues facing junior doctors who want to work abroad, and shows that it...

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Dementia - a glorious opportunity

Jennifer Bute recounts her experiences as a GP with early-onset Alzheimers' key points After a brief family history, the author describes how the first symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer's went undiagnosed and instead spurred her to find coping strategies for her developing cognitive problems. After a number of decisive events the...

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Addiction and virtue

Beyond the models of disease and choice Kent Dunnington Intervarsity Press USA, 2011 £19.99 Pb 199pp, ISBN 978 1 84619 186 2 This book explores varying ideas people have about addiction, seeking to advance from the false dichotomy of viewing it as either a disease or a matter of choice,...

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Being with God

words of Peace; Words of Faith; Words of Hope A Bible and prayer guide for people with dementia Scripture Union Year, 2010 £6.99 (each) Pb 48pp ISBNs 978 184427 522 9, 978 184427 521 2, 978 1 84427 520 5 These three books area response by Scripture Union to the...

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Issues Today

Editors: Lisa Firth and Claire Owen Independence Educational Publishers £5.95 (each) Pb 28pp www.independence.co.uk/issues-today.htm Issues Today is an onging series designed for younger secondary school children. Six of the more recent titles are Cloning, HIV & AIDS, Fitness, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Self-Harm. Each topic is introduced with...

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Now in Remission

A surgical life Ken Clezy Wakefield Press, 2011 £19 Pb 288pp ISBN 978 1 74305 014 9 This is the autobiography of an Australian surgeon whose Christian faith pervades his writing. He shares his experience of working in places as diverse as Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Tasmania and Yeman....

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Debating Euthanasia

Emily Jackson and John Keown Hart Publishing, 2012 £15 Pb 190pp ISBN 978 1 84946 178 8 The third volume in ths series Dabating Law allows two opposting experts around 30,000 words each to make their case, 'blind' of what the other will say. the result is accessible and engaging,...

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Finishing well to the Glory of God

Strategies from a Christian Physician John Dunlop Crossway, 2011 £9.99 pB 222PP ISBN 978 1 43351 347 3 Dr Dunlop writes from long experience as a Christian and a geriatrician. He garners from his experience stories of patients and acquaintances which illustrate strategies for preparing for an managing the end...

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Dementia: Frank & Linda's Story

New understanding, new approaches, new hope Louise Morse Monarch Books, 2010 £8.99 Pb 256pp ISBN 978 1 85424 930 2 If dementia is a 'no go topic' for you as an individual or a clinician (whatever your speciality), or both, then read this book! It provides the corrective re-think...

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The Worry Book

Finding a path to freedom Will van der Hart and Rob Waller Inter-Varsity Press, 2011 £7.99 Pb 176pp ISBN 978 1 84474 543 2 Dedicated to those who worry The Worry Book offers 'a path to freedom'. With an attractive cover and written by two directors of the popular Mind...

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eutychus

Europe against euthanasia The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a non-binding resolution concerning Advanced Directives, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Consent to Treatment under the title: Protecting human rights and dignity by taking into account previously expressed wishes of patients. This resolution did not specifically...

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treating the whole person

Andrew Miller explores the healing of a man born blind. 'They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spat on the man's eyes and put...

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