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nucleus: autumn 1995

Editorial

This editorial was written in the middle of medical finals. After six years, it seems amazing that it will all be over so soon. Yes your aged editor will soon be wheeled out to grass, perhaps to write one of those stimulating 'life after medicine' articles. If you don't know...

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Problems in Psychiatry

What then is psychiatry? Psychiatry is quite simply the diagnosis and management of mental disorder. This covers a vast array of conditions from dementia and delirium to depression. Because of the emphasis on physical medicine in medical training, diagnoses like depression may sound rather vague and unscientific. However, with recognised international...

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Contraceptive Commotion

More people share the planet today than have ever lived. The United Nations Conference on Population and Development took place on 6-13 October 1994 in Cairo and welcomed delegates from 182 nations. Despite quadrupling in one century, world population growth has slowed, dropping from 2% a year in 1960 to...

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Discrimination

I was recently asked if I had ever experienced discrimination as a motorcyclist wearing leathers. This is a common and infuriating experience for those fortunate few who choose two wheels as their preference in transport. Perhaps I have been fortunate in never being turned away from restaurants or hotels as...

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Be Prepared!

Abortion and intimate examinations - these are what I knew would face me on my Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) firm. I was scared. Now, preparing for finals, I can look back at the worry I felt at the start of the clinical course. I was concerned about the ethical issues...

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Dilemmas

As we all know, medical students do not have as much free time as other students. We have most of each day accounted for and work to do outside periods of teaching. Therefore, it is important for us to consider carefully how we spend our free time. If you are...

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Differential Diagnosis 13

Few matters have evoked more theological controversy than the identity of Paul's 'thorn in the flesh'. The information given suggests that the affliction dated from his 'third heaven' experience (v2). It was chronic, probably intermittent (v8), peculiar to Paul, and caused him pain, weakness and embarrassment, whilst enabling him to...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Theft

What is theft? Nitpickerus: 'You shall not steal'[1] That's straight forward enough. What could be easier to understand and obey? Dionysius: You underestimate it. The eighth commandment deals with our whole approach to money and possessions. The attitude we have towards material things demonstrates where our real priorities lie.[2] There...

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Know Your Bible 15

Answers 'Hope deferred' makes the heart sick, while a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Pr 13:12) A Levite man, whose concubine was gang-raped and murdered by Benjamites, cut her body into twelve pieces, sending one to each Israelite tribe. This alerted them to the crime. (Judges 19) Many of...

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Rediscovering God

'Are you STONE DEAF to the SPIRIT, or rediscovering GOD?' Do I hear a defensive 'No!', or a sigh of acknowledgement? Whatever your position, RT Kendall's latest book of the same title will have something to say about your Christianity. It is written in a clearer style than most of...

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Lemuel's Limericks

The folk from Guzzle Gorge (who were the richest on the planet) Had noticed falls in food supply and wondered: 'who began it?' 'It's numbers (not consumption) that's to blame' was their deduction And so they brought in measures to curb others' reproduction They'd first flogged powdered milk like it was going out...

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