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Author Index - Mark Pickering

is a prison GP and CMF Chief Executive

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lessons from the archive 6 (triple helix - spring 2024)

From the very first days of the Christian medical movement in the UK, students played key roles, as seen in the earlier articles in this series. In the 1840s, the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society began by spreading the message of medical mission to a new generation of students.[1] In the...

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Keith Sanders (triple helix - spring 2024)

We recently reported the passing of Dr Keith Sanders, CMF's second General Secretary, who died in November 2023 at the age of 98.[1] Although I didn't have the privilege of meeting Keith during his life, it was an honour to be present at his thanksgiving service in Tewkesbury Abbey on...

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standing on the shoulders of giants (triple helix - spring 2024)

Welcome to the CMF 75th anniversary edition of Triple Helix! In case you missed it in all our other correspondence, on 22 October 2024, it will officially be 75 years since the Christian Medical Fellowship was formed. My article on page 18 tells the story. Looking back may feel a little...

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new BMA consultant deal on offer (triple helix - winter 2023)

After months of deadlock between the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA), a new deal is on the table for consultants in England that could unlock the long-running dispute over doctors' pay. The previous deadlocks escalated during September and October as consultants and juniors undertook coordinated strike action - the...

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lessons from the archive 5: the Medical Prayer Union and Livingstone College (triple helix - winter 2023)

In my fourth article I discussed how the coming of 'home medical mission' to London in the 1870s intersected with the remarkable Dr George Saunders and his first retirement from military medical service. His energy and passion led him to the fledgling London Medical Mission in 1871; from there he...

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lessons from the archive 4: George Saunders (triple helix - summer 2023)

The first article in this series traced the remarkable birth of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) in 1853-4. It also outlined the amazing and timely transformation that God wrought in the life of Dr Golding Bird, enabling him to be the key person in launching the CMA.[1] Despite providing much...

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lessons from the archive – episode 3 (triple helix - spring 2023)

Caring for the sick has been a feature of Christianity ever since its inception. [1] Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to show that his disciples should care selflessly for those in need, whoever they were. [2] Communities have always looked after their own, but Jesus' unique contribution...

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Looking back to look forwards (CMF news - Autumn 2022)

Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' For it is not wise to ask such questions. (Ecclesiastes 7:10) Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. (Cicero, c43BC) Digging into the archives has become something of a passion for me. It...

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lessons from the archive 2: the birth of modern medical mission (triple helix - autumn 2022)

In my last article, [1] I outlined the birth of the Christian Medical Association in 1854, which led to the Medical Prayer Union in 1874. These associations of Christian doctors contained many who were great supporters of medical missionary work. But how and when did medical mission begin? This article...

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WMA temporarily misplaces its conscience (triple helix - autumn 2022)

The World Medical Association (WMA) is close to the end of a lengthy revision process of its International Code of Medical Ethics (ICoME). Originating in 1949 as a companion to its Declaration of Geneva, the ICoME has undergone various revisions. [1] Concern arose in 2021 when the draft revision included the...

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