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triple helix: winter 2017

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Medicine and The Reformation

Martin Luther did not do anything particularly unusual when he nailed 95 'debating points' to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In those days it was the way to trigger debate in university towns and most such endeavours ran their course and were quickly forgotten. Martin Luther's...

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The 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act

50 years; 8.8 million abortions; 550 every day; 3,800 every week; 16,000 each month; 200,000 every year. One in five pregnancies ends in abortion. One in three women has cooperated in the death of her son or daughter. One in three men has fathered, and abandoned, an aborted baby. Or...

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Nurse staffing shortages

The media has been full of stories recently about the shortage of nurses and midwives faced in the UK. In November, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) released a report showing that the number of EU nurses on the register has declined by 2,700 in the last year. This is...

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Opt-out for organ donation?

Geoffrey Robinson MP wants to bring in an opt-out system for organ donation in England. His Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 1 is due its second reading (debate stage) on 23 February 2018. In 'deemed' (presumed) consent, a person, unless he or she specifically 'opts out', is...

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Sustainable Development and Nursing

Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) are the new, globally agreed targets for developing poor, middle income and rich nations between 2015 and 2030. 1 There are seventeen goals in total with the aim of significantly reducing poverty, inequality, injustice and environmental damage around the world. The international community (including the...

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The Ethics of Gene Editing

key points Gene editing is arguably the most significant medical advance of the millennium to date and it is certainly here to stay. As with health and disease, the distinction between therapy and enhancement is not easy to draw. Christian attempts to do so originate from different historic interpretations of the...

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20 Years of Triple Helix

It is 20 years this autumn since the new-look Triple Helix first came out. As its first editor, I have been asked to review what led to its production. Let's begin at the real beginning. Christian Medical Fellowship came into existence in 1949 when the historic Medical Prayer Union merged...

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the conversion therapy controversy

key points A General Synod Private Member's motion moved by Jane Ozanne (Oxford) called for a ban on what it termed 'conversion therapy' for homosexuals. In this article Peter May suggests: (a) that the term 'conversion therapy' is inadequate and (b) is an umbrella term to cover several discrete forms of...

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the abortion act 1967 50 years on

key points The reforming zeal of two individuals — Martin Luther in the 16th century and Raymond Johnston in the mid-20th — drew strength from common convictions. Advocates of the Abortion Act 1967 said they did not expect it would significantly increase the number of abortions — how wrong they were. Since...

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genes, determinism & God

key points Even if the bad old days of genetic determinism are behind us, it still exists in public discourse and the sequencing of the human genome is accompanied by much 'genohype'. Likewise, the pendulum has swung from genetic determinism to socio-biology, with the 'blueprint' metaphor for the genome becoming popular. It...

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ICMDA looks to Hyderabad

key points From small beginnings, ten national movements all based in Western Europe, ICMDA has become truly global, comprising over 70 member movements of doctors, dentists and other health professionals. The global expansion of ICMDA reflects the story of the expansion of Christianity throughout the world over the last five decades, where...

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being a driver for change

key points It helps to be intentional and reflect on what kind of leadership qualities we want to foster. The Bible is replete with examples of how God shaped unpromising people to be movers and shakers. Jesus was a leader par excellence and we have no better role model. It's not important to...

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praying in pain

I am writhing on the floor. The deep pain in my legs is hitting level four out of five, one notch higher and yelling would be inevitable. My 'prayers' come moaning rhythmically, 'Oh God, oh God, oh God...' and later - much later - I discover the Spirit of God...

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the way we die now

Seamus O'Mahony Head of Zeus, 2016, £14.99, 292pp, ISBN 9781784974268 Reviewed by Claire Stark Toller, a Consultant in Palliative Medicine based in Southampton Written by a consultant physician, this erudite but readable book explores the philosophical, cultural and medical influences that mould our Western view of death. O'Mahony starts with a personal overview...

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Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care

Karen Murphy and Bob Wharton (eds) Jessica Kingsley, 2017, £18.99, 208pp, ISBN 9781785920684 Reviewed by Jeff Stephenson, Medical Director, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth In the evolving context of multiculturalism, secularisation, and outcome-driven healthcare, the role of hospice and palliative care chaplaincy faces enormous pressure, not least to justify its continuance as what...

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What are they teaching the children?

Lynda Rose (ed) Wilberforce Publications, 2016, £12, 354pp, ISBN 9780957572584 Reviewed by Paul Malcolm, Clinical Radiologist based in Norwich This is a collection of essays by authors with experience of teaching, politics, the law and the history of child education. As Tim Dieppe of Christian Concern comments in his review, 'The education of...

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Personal Freedom: How the Gospel can be good for your mental health

Ken Yeow Createspace, 2014, £7.99, 204pp, ISBN 9781505415742 Reviewed by Andrew Sims, Emeritus Professor in General Psychiatry, based in Shropshire Living the Christian life and walking daily with Jesus is Ken Yeow's theme. The author is a practising Christian and a consultant psychiatrist. He links working out the Gospel in everyday...

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Eutychus

Colorado's gay cake case The Episcopal Church USA (TEC) is often regarded as a byword among the nations for liberal theology and a 'progressive' agenda on social questions. Eutychus notices that its Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined with other religious leaders in signing an amicus brief supporting the Colorado...

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lessons from king Asa

A non-medical friend approaches you, pointing to a part of their body. 'I've got a pain here - what is it?' You smile and inwardly sigh. Some people seem to think that doctors just know everything. Many don't realise the methodology of history, examination, investigations. Or even that after this,...

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