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triple helix: summer 1998

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Editorial: from the cradle to the grave

5th July marks 50 years of the National Health Service, comprehensive healthcare free at the point of need and associated with comprehensive welfare provision. The title of this editorial is Beveridge's 1942 slogan summing up these ambitious aims. Before 5th July 1948 hospital doctors 'were worried: about the nationalisation of...

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A lifetime in the NHS

Memory can be fatally flawed. Some years ago the BBC asked for memories of those who went to the Festival of Britain when it first opened. I knew I took my girlfriend on the second day, but she kept her diary and as husband and wife we later compared events....

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Time Out

To describe health professionals as 'busy people' is rather like describing Pavarotti as 'a nice singer'. Doctors, in particular, necessarily embrace a life of physical and emotional pressure which most other people simply cannot appreciate. This is particularly true in the first few years. How many times have you heard...

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Tom, Jim & Harry...and the law

Ten year old Jim Jarvis lurked by the fireside on a particularly bleak and cold night. He hoped he would not be noticed by the Christian medical student who ran the 'ragged school' near The London Hospital, but Thomas Barnardo saw him. 'It's time to go home.' 'Ain't got no...

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Unfair Game

As a working Christian minister I am becoming increasingly uneasy about certain groups in our society who are vulnerable to predators with nothing in mind except their own pleasure or profit. The two groups who have come to my attention are people in psychiatric wards and those with disabilities in...

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Crossing professional boundaries

Alongside the well known 50th anniversary of the founding of the NHS this year is another Golden Jubilee. Fifty years ago a remarkable lady called Dorothy Kerin set up Burrswood near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. This is a centre which from the outset has sought to combine a prayer ministry...

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Among All Nations 4

Articles in this edition Walking With God Editorial comment Money, Sex and Power Obstetrician and gynaecologist David Clegg recalls some cameos of work in southern Africa and asks: How much are we in the West to blame? The Nightmare We Hoped Would Never Happen We all have bad work days. Alison Wilkinson describes...

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Eutychus

John 13 taken literally Eutychus loves reading obituaries and one in the BMJ gives an account of the practice of Dr Eunice Bryant, former medical superintendent of the Christian Medical Mission, Bristol: 'She was a much loved, conscientious doctor, who also attended the down and out and homeless men in...

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The Healing Promise - is it always God's will to heal? (Book Review)

Even good books on healing tend to be unbalanced and incomplete. Theologians rarely understand the medical issues, while doctors usually tread lightly over the biblical material. Few authors engage adequately with the pastoral agonies, and there are very few books I would give to a Christian with an incurable illness....

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Pregnancy: A Testing Time (Book Review)

This book is well-written and balanced in its approach to its complex subject. The author shows an excellent grasp of the problems facing mothers today. The book is fast moving, sometimes a narrative, sometimes a reference text packed with information. I felt that it was written for the well-educated mother...

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Readers' Letter

Relic of the Bedpan Age Semi-retired ophthalmologist Ralph Heaton sends a reassuring note from Bognor Regis: I read this article in the latest Triple Helix shortly after being discharged from a surgical ward of a nearby hospital, where I had undergone major urogenital surgery. My experience was inevitably anecdotal,...

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RevieWWWs with Cyberdoc

Jubilee 2000 campaign www.jubilee2000uk.org Debt and jubilee. What do these have to do with health professionals? Well, if you read through the many pages and links of this excellent site I am sure you will see the significance. Thanks to the burden of debt repayment, the poorest countries of this world...

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