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triple helix: summer 1999

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Editorial:The fear of death.

Friendly critics of Triple Helix are apt to chide us that we give too much space to the debate about euthanasia. 'Healthcare bristles with issues for discussion and debate', they say. 'Why give this one so much space?' Our first response, always, is that euthanasia is a 'defining issue'. If the...

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Postcoital 'contraception'

Requests for postcoital contraception (PCC) cause me more ethical discomfort than anything. They raise practical problems that can be greater than those surrounding requests for abortion, and GPs as well as those working in A&E, gynaecology and family planning have to decide what their attitudes and practice must be. Christian teaching One...

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Euthanasia: where are we now?

In late 1992, after Dr Nigel Cox had been found guilty of attempting to murder a patient in a euthanasia scenario and after the first court ruling that food and fluid could be withdrawn from Tony Bland, the Hillsborough victim in a persistent vegetative state, the UK House of Lords...

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Learning can be fun!

You don't need a classical education to know 'doctor' means teacher. Doctors are expected to teach, and the traditional apprenticeship model epitomised by 'see one, do one, teach one' is only gradually being replaced by skills-based teaching aimed at competencies which can be assessed. From my early days of teaching groups...

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Among All Nations 8

Articles in this edition Is health policy rational? Editorial comment Who is the true mission doctor in Africa? asks surgeon Michael Cotton as he suggests Africa's greater need is for managers and administrators Handing on the Baton Peter Taylor, another missionary surgeon in Africa, argues there's still work for expatriates and Kisiizi needs...

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Eutychus

Half all pregnancies outside marriage now A report from the Office for National Statistics shows that around half of all the 800,000 pregnancies in England and Wales in 1997 occurred outside marriage, compared with one third ten years ago. It is further predicted that in ten years married people will...

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Our National Life - a Christian perspective on the state of the Nation (Book Review)

To mark 150 years from its foundation in 1845, The National Club of the United Kingdom produced this book as 'a clear statement of what the The National Club wanted to see on the nation's agenda for the future'. It is a collection of essays by leading Christian experts and...

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Loss, Bereavement and Grief - a guide to effective caring (Book Review)

Books about counselling often suffer from two problems: they can be highly theoret-ical and can fail to address the needs of the healthcare professional. This book avoids those pitfalls. Alongside a review of various theoretical models, the authors draw on their experiences of real situations and people - professionals as...

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Being a Person - Where Faith and Science Meet (Book Review)

Described as a 'modest non-technical book for general readers', this is a remarkable success in exposing ethical problems about people. The style is transparently lucid, carefully expository and subtly humorous. An immense array of historical, philosophical and literary scholarship is used, with life experiences, in a 1ight and open way...

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Why Do They Do That? (Book Review)

Nick Pollard is a specialist in sixth form moral and religious education and this book is based on his experience of working with teenagers in schools and colleges. It examines issues associated with today's youth culture. Chapters cover the use of drugs, the soaring rate of self harm, eating disorders,...

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The Truth About Drugs (Book Review)

Setting out to read this book I recalled how blessed I had been by reading The Truth About AIDS. In it Patrick confirmed so succinctly the validity of unconditional love as the paramount approach of Christians in the caring field, authenticating the way a Christian drug agency should operate. Sadly...

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Red Lights and Green Lizards (Book Review)

Don Cormack, bestselling author of Killing Fields, Living Fields (OMF/MARC) writes a review specially commissioned for Triple Helix: If not as a fly on the wall, then certainly as one of those ubiquitous little green lizards clinging to the ceiling, I was privileged to eyewitness some of the Cambodian...

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Readers' Letters

What is 'a Christian practice'? On behalf of The Mission Practice, referred to under its previous name by Richard Montgomery in his letter (Spring 1999), Paul Jakeman replies: Having been a focus for Christian medical work for most of this century, we should perhaps have a pat answer, yet the...

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RevieWWWs with Cyberdoc

The Internet may be guilty of many things, but unlike Viagra you cannot yet purchase euthanasia online! An online encyclopaedia defines euthanasia as 'either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma'. Most of the debate surrounds active euthanasia,...

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