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nucleus: winter 2006

Editorial

Today’s society seems petrified of these words: ‘you’re wrong’. Clinical tutors are taught not to say that students are ‘wrong’, in the belief that this upsets them. In general, we just don’t like hearing it. This sometimes extends to speaking about the gospel as well. We like speaking about how...

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Coping with illness

As medical students and doctors we deal with sickness every day. We show compassion and care and are hopefully moved by the suffering around us. Those feelings may be particularly acute when suffering is closer to home: an ill relative or friend, for example. How do we manage then? We...

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Martin Lloyd-Jones

In the ceremonial hall at my secondary school, an old Latin sign hangs high and booms at you, advising on your future prospects. It proudly suggests that if you are of the highest calibre, join the ministry; those of reasonable aptitude, be a physician; and people of a ‘dimmer’ nature,...

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News Review

Stem cell controversy Professor Woo Suk Hwang, who became famous in 2004 for creating the first cloned human embryo stem cell lines, has resigned from all his public roles -including the Chair of the World Stem Cell Hub -amidst allegations over the ethics and accuracy of his research. The story...

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What’s the alternative?

You don’t have to look far these days to stumble across alternative medicine. Whether it’s homoeopathy at the pharmacy, the osteopath in the high street or acupuncture at the GP surgery, alternative medicine is everywhere and the sheer number of claims and therapies can be bewildering. It’s been estimated that...

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Darwinism - what are the facts?

When I was a medical student, long before I became a Christian, I liked to use the ‘fact’ of evolution to argue against the existence of a creator. I found this to be a useful way to counter Christians’ attempts to speak to me about God. For many, the situation...

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Medicine - high ideal or great idol?

It is an immense privilege to pursue a career in medicine: few careers are more sought after or respected. The history of our profession is marked by countless men and women who have strived selflessly to serve the needs of their fellow men, through long years of study and tiring...

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Ethical Enigma 14

We could easily be caught off-guard by this request due to its infrequency. Transsexuals have replaced homosexuals in the minority marketplace, seeking to claim normality and acceptance in the eyes of modern society. The estimated incidence of transsexuality in the UK population is less than 0.003%. Historically, transsexuality has been...

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Hard Questions about Health and Healing (Book Review)

Medical students get used to answering tricky clinical questions under pressure. However, we might flounder if questions turn to the spiritual aspects of medical practice. Anticipating such situations, this book equips both medics and lay people with succinct, biblical answers to a diverse range of questions surrounding healthcare. Designed to...

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Doctors who Followed Christ (Book Review)

I’d always known that certain Christians were pioneers in their field of medicine – but I was unaware of the extent to which they were until now. Mention the phrase, ‘Bell’s palsy’, and the budding clinicians among us would be able to say instantly that it’s a form of VII...

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Letters

Editor, Thanks for an honest and insightful July edition of Nucleus. As a junior doctor, I still find Nucleus valuable; your articles are not only helpful but can also challenge Christians and non-Christians alike to fruitful discussions. I have a few comments on the July issue: first, a response to...

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