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triple helix: winter 2002

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The Expert Patient - a Welcome Way Forward

In 1985 Tuckett proposed that a consultation should be seen as a meeting of two experts.[1] The doctor is an expert in biomedicine; the patient is an expert in his or her own life, goals, priorities, beliefs, and choices. Humane medicine happens when the role of both is given value....

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The Government's Sexual Health Strategy - More of the Same

Backed with £47.5 million, the long awaited government's first National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV Services [1] was launched on 27 July 2001 by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sheila Adam and GUM consultant, Prof Michael Adler. The launch was timed to coincide with the release of the...

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Cloning - the Latest Developments

The Cloning Saga Peter Saunders reviews recent developments in the cloning debate. 'A milestone in scientific depravity' was one commentator's reaction to the 25 November announcement that American scientists had produced a cloned human embryo. 'Advanced Cell Technology', the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company responsible, were adamant that their intention...

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Diane Pretty

In October 2001 the High Court heard Mrs Pretty's appeal against an earlier decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to rule out action being taken against her husband in the event of his securing her death. The Court rejected her case on the grounds that the DPP...

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Comfort from Job

Post-traumatic stress disorder can follow rape, assault or major life-threatening accident or illness. It also occurs after seeing shattering incidents happen to others, especially when the person is called upon to help the victims: examples are serious train or air accidents and events such as the football disaster at Hillsborough. ...

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What is Truth - and Who Cares Anyway?

Someone whose faith is not grounded in reason is like a stream of water that can be led anywhere.[1] Christianity claims to be the story of God's broken relationship with his creation and its subsequent healing. If it is true at all, it remains equally true for anyone, in any...

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Albania - the Country That Banned Christmas

Students find faith Sarah Germain tells how a link between junior doctors and students from Oxford and Tirana is helping change lives. How can a country, that was declared the world's only atheist state until ten years ago, where the regime even banned Christmas, be turned to Christ? ...

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Pro-life Movement at the Crossroads

It is well recognised that traditional strategies against abortion have had only limited success and there is now a growing realisation that new alliances and strategies are needed.[1] The solution is far from simple as every reform movement contains members with different opinions over strategy, priorities and the tension between...

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Eutychus

Search and destroy? Preimplantation diagnosis (PGD) and embryo selection for serious genetic disorders will probably become commonplace in Britain now that a two-year public consultation has found widespread support for the practice. Only 20% of respondents believed that the procedure was inherently eugenic and unethical.The technique has been used in Britain...

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A to Z of Stress and Time Management

I have worked as a general surgeon who is a follower of Jesus. The last ten years were related mostly to patients with breast problems. In retirement it's been possible to look back and review how I had tried to manage my life. What emerged has been a rather mixed...

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RevieWWWs with Cyberdoc

Diane Pretty The Diane Pretty case holds personal interest for Cyberdoc as a member of our church, who died only recently, had also been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Using a computer and email to communicate she spoke of her faith in God to the end and valued her life as...

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The Medical History of the Reformers (Book Review)

This book will interest all CMF members. Our CMF statement of faith declares many of the biblical truths which the subjects of this book laboured diligently and fearlessly to proclaim and for which they suffered poverty, persecution, abuse and exile. Many of the freedoms we enjoy today are the fruit...

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The Last Straw (Book Review)

Hands up those who've got stress sorted! If you haven't got your hand up, there is probably something in this excellent little book for you. Aided by some delightfully humorous personal illustrations, Ruth Fowke provides an opportunity for all of us to take a little time out to examine how...

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In Search of Wholeness (Book Review)

The co-authors of this study manual are the Director of the Acorn Christian Foundation and two hospital chaplains. Their intention is 'to help Christians who want to be involved in God's gracious healing processes in the world today'. Discussion includes the theology of healing; the skills needed and attitudes involved...

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Tackling Teenage Pregnancy (Book Review)

This is a well-written, easy-to-read and up-to-date book on a crucial topic. It stems from the authors' extensive involvement with a teenage pregnancy prevention initiative in Staffordshire. Steph Chambers was 14 at the time she wrote her contributions and one of the major distinguishing marks of the book is its...

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Readers' Letters

The spectre of Bristol Gordon Stirrat , Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Bristol, responds to Michael Keighley. Having been Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Bristol from 1990 to 1993 and a member of both the South-Western Regional and then Avon Area Health Authority over the crucial...

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Passage to India

I paid for my trip to India in stress and sweat. Not out there, but in the mad rush to clear my desk before departure, and in the bulging in-tray and looming deadlines on return. However the blessing I received in ten autumn days, through being involved in the EMFI...

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