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ss nucleus - spring 1999,  Editorial


Are we medics who happen to be Christians, or Christians who happen to be medics? If following Jesus Christ is the focus of our lives, we will not be able to divorce our faith from the medicine we practise. As Christians we recognise Jesus as being the way, the truth and the life. Christ must therefore be central to all that we are and all that we do. In this issue Dan Fountain considers how we can bring faith and medicine together under Christ as we care for our patients.

Truthfulness and integrity are too often compromised in medicine. Honesty with patients regarding the mode of action of contraceptives (see commentary and article) is just one example of this. All of our attitudes and practices as medical students and future doctors should be consistent with our beliefs. We are called to ‘act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with (our) God’. (Mi 6:8)

A plethora of career choices await us on qualification, not least deciding on the area of medicine in which to specialise. In the first of a new series of interviews, Pam Sims talks about the particular challenges of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Outside the UK there are also numerous openings for service as Robert Schindler illustrates in his article on short term missions. As medical students, missionary work may seem like a very distant prospect for only a select few of us. However, our electives provide us with an ideal opportunity both to test the waters and serve God in mightier ways than we can imagine.

By now you may have noticed a change in editorial style. Mark Pickering and Chin Cheng Choung have left us to prepare for finals. We’d like to thank them sincerely for their patience and the time they gave to training us. The huge amounts of work they put in during their stint at Nucleus is much appreciated. They have certainly set a high standard. Our new team present this issue to you, hoping that you will read it, use it and write in! We pray that Nucleus continues to inform, encourage and challenge. Most of all, we pray that it will bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

‘Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.’ (Col 3:17)

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