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nucleus: summer 1994

Confidentiality - Christian Virtue or Christian Necessity?

The Oath is most unlikely to have originated in the Hippocratic school. Probably it came from Pythagoreans[2] who, like Christians today, were committed to respect for human life and the value of people as individuals. Christians adopted the Oath and a version 'from the Oath according to Hippocrates in so...

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Housejobs - a Year of Drought?

In planning this article it has been good to reflect on my 12 months as a house-officer. I clearly remember feelings of I'll never survive!' as I contemplated the prospect in my final year, particularly knowing that sleep was towards the top of my list of favourite pastimes. What I...

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Yoga and Transcendental Meditation - a Christian Option?

Alternative medicine During the past twenty years or so there has been a remarkable interest and growth in many alternative medical therapies or so called 'holistic' medicine. Holistic means taking into consideration the total 'make-up' of a person including their body, mind, emotions and spirit. The popularity of various therapies has...

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Differential Diagnosis 8

One of the curses which God warned would afflict the Israelites if they failed to obey his commands was 'painful boils' of the knees and legs 'spreading from the soles' of the feet 'to the top' of the head (Dt 28:35). Interestingly, Satan afflicted Job with exactly this condition despite...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Morality [2]

Imposing our morality Dionysius: Now as I recall we were going to discuss the ninth commandment.[1] Nitpickerus: You were. ! wasn't happy that you'd dealt with 'imposing our morality'. You never moved beyond health education. All those statIstics about condoms. It was more like a public health lecture than a biblical...

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Know Your Bible 10

Answers The prophet Isaiah ordered that a poultice of figs be prepared to treat King Hezekiah's illness. When it was applied to the boil, he recovered (2 Ki 20:7; Is 38:1-8; 2 Ch 32:24- 26). If you find honey, eat just enough - too much of it, and you will vomit....

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Lemuel's Limericks

 A nurse on the medical wing Completed a course in 'I Ching' While checking the charts, she would practise her arts On the ills that the patients would bring Spurred on by the welcome this brought She soon other therapies sought Iridology, Zen, yoga, tarot and then... Transcendental ... (well 'TM' for short) The doctors were...

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