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nucleus: winter 1993

Jehovah's Witnesses and Blood Transfusions

Introduction She was my first surgical patient; the Spanish lady in bed 16 admitted with acute biliary colic. Due to a shortage of patients another student actually `clerked' her whilst I just sat and listened, adding the odd constructive comment. We'd been told that our consultant generally regarded the social history...

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Why Suffering?

Introduction A few weeks ago I went to the London 'Confident Christianity 93' Day conference. Part of the day involved looking at the questions our non-Christian friends most commonly ask, and coming up with some points to make in response. I reported this event to my church housegroup and we decided...

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Differential Diagnosis 6

Mephibosheth, the five year old son of Jonathan, was dropped by his nurse as she was fleeing on hearing the news of Saul's and Jonathan's death (2 Sa 4:4). As a result he became 'crippled in both feet', a condition which persisted into adult life. We are not given much...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Love

Falling in love Nitpickerus: In the last issue, Dionysius, we discussed sexuality but didn't really touch on the whole area of falling in love. Dionysius: What are you talking about? Nitpickerus: Come on Dionysius, you must have experienced it. All of a sudden some new person comes into your life and...

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Know Your Bible 8

Answers God instructed the Israelites to bury their excrement after relieving themselves, thus guarding against gastroenteritis (Dt 23:12-14). The prophet Amos called the women of Israel 'you cows of Bashan' because they lived in selfish indulgence and oppressed the poor and needy (Am 4:1). There is no temple in the city...

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Lemuel's Limericks

A resident trying to rest Was phoned with a verbal request He was greatly perturbed about being disturbed And his feelings weren't left unexpressed The nurse (who was working alone) Did not quickly warm to his tone His instructions weren't clear and she trembled with fear As he hurled his abuse down the phone Not wanting...

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