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nucleus: winter 1999

Editorial

I can still remember the motto emblazoned beneath my old school crest: 'serve and obey'. Many pupils disliked and mocked the exhortation. Although my days of bottle-green blazers are now long gone, hostility towards any instruction to submit remains in our society. Obedience is not 'in vogue'. Western culture assures...

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News Review

Human embryos may be cloned for stem cells GM crops could solve world hunger $60 billion promised to relieve Third World Debt One third of children are born into extreme poverty 60% of GPs support abortion on demand Child Abuse in Uganda and Hungary UK campaign to stop paedophiles abusing...

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Confident Christianity

As a medical student I attended a 'Confident Christianity' day conference led by Dr Andrew Fergusson and Dr Peter Saunders. The conferences train doctors and medical students in the art of 'dialogue evangelism', and over fifty have been held all over the UK and Ireland since 1989. To anyone involved...

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Withdrawing Nutrition

Is it ever ethical to withdraw nutrition from patients? Are there circumstances in which treatment can be legitimately withdrawn? Is feeding a form of medical treatment? At present the law is open to interpretation on these issues. However, a court can declare that it is lawful to withdraw medical assistance...

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Acupuncture - a Christian assessment

Most Nucleus readers will have come across acupuncture. Perhaps a consultant anaesthetist was using it occasionally in a pain clinic you sat in on, and there did not appear to be any obvious 'spiritual' activity going on. Perhaps you've seen the charts of meridians in a local 'health' shop, alongside...

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Maintaining Spirituality

Maintaining spirituality in our ministry is an essential subject for us all, as we are all serving the Lord's ministry in every sphere of life we live. Our 'ministry' is simply our 'sphere of service'. And so our need to maintain our spirituality as doctors is the same as that...

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Racism in Medicine?

The Lawrence InquiryThe report of the Lawrence Inquiry, published earlier this year, has brought the issue of racism in Britain today to the forefront of discussion.[1] In their investigation of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, a black London teenager, in April 1993, the London Metropolitan Police failed to investigate...

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The Duty of Physicians

Baxter did not want to 'intermeddle in the mysteries of (physicians') art' but wanted to tell 'the learned men of this noble profession... what God and conscience will expect from them'. His directives can be summarised as follows: 1. Put the patient first We are to 'be sure that the saving...

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Open Letter

Dear Brother in Christ, Nothing could have prepared me for the day my trust was betrayed and my body violated. And nothing prepared you, my brother, for what happened to me afterwards. For months you watched helplessly as I walked in darkness. Now I have begun moving into the light...

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Fishing the Net

Euthanasia is still in the news, as our article on withholding nutrition demonstrates. Having looked through the web sites available, I must say that the best one on the subject is ... ours. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the very finest in reading on the subjects of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide...

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Differential Diagnosis 30

Elderly people often show evidence of disordered thermoregulation, and are particularly sensitive to extremes of environmental temperatures. They are therefore more vulnerable to hypothermia, which is defined as having a core body temperature of less than 35C. Risk factors for hypothermia are numerous. Impaired thermoregulation occurs in acute diseases such...

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Know Your Bible 32

Answers The ant is an example to us, because it does not rely on external pressure to act, and makes provision for the future. (Pr 6:6-8) 'Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent'. (Pr 17:28). The principle even works on ward rounds.... According to Paul, we should not...

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