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nucleus: spring 2013

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broken

This edition of Nucleus focuses on healing brokenness. It should come as no surprise to medical students that much about our world is not as it should be. Anyone working in medicine sees the effects of disease every day; the shaking hands of the Parkinson's sufferer, the look of despair...

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Luke's handbook of practical discipleship

I 'm ashamed to say it. I almost decided not to go to the CMF National Student Conference this year. As I get good teaching from my church and regular input from my CMF group, both comfortably close to where I live, part of me wondered whether it was worth...

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medical stories from the UK

new GMC guidance The updated 2013 version of Good Medical Practice (GMP) was published on 25 March. GMP defines the standards against which doctors in the UK are judged in fitness to practise cases, and is therefore a very important document. The guidance is also used as the basis for doctors'...

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medicine and 'The Whole Man'

Being the substance of an address given at the Annual Breakfast of the CMF, during the BMA Annual Meeting, Brighton, 12 July 1956. A new phrase has become increasingly common in current medical literature. We are reminded that we must no longer think in the old departmental terms, but that we...

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all choices have consequences

It was another busy week in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Croydon University Hospital. I'd already seen three C-sections, two vaginal deliveries, a major obstetric haemorrhage, and attended a number of antenatal, gynaecology and fertility clinics. As a mere male I had been struck, once again, by the amazing feat women...

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kingdom priorities

I was stopped on the stairs outside our ward recently. It was one of my bosses and he looked a little awkward – as if he had something to tell me but didn't quite know how to express it. He explained that a patient's daughter had complained to PALS (Patient...

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work as for the Lord

Events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust during the late 2000s came as a shock to the British public. Concerns were raised by patients' relatives about poor standards of care on the wards at Stafford hospital, leading to an inquiry which reported in 2010. 1 Problems with feeding of patients, soiled...

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new friends, shared faith

To join an international trip in conjunction with CMF was a very exciting opportunity. In the summer of 2012 we joined Giles Cattermole, CMF Head of Student Ministries, and Bernard Palmer, a retired UK consultant surgeon, along with other Polish doctors at a week-long student camp for Polish medical and...

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Battles Christians Face

Vaughan Roberts Authentic 2007 (reprinted with new preface, 2012) £6.99 RRP The Christian life is victorious, full of joy and triumph. Well, usually. Sometimes. Ever? Battles Christians Face equips us to deal wisely with our daily struggles as we follow Jesus. Eight chapters cover some of the most common battles...

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Heroes and Heretics: David Livingstone

Heroes 10: David Livingstone 1813-1873 2013 is the 200th anniversary (1) of the birth of perhaps the most famous European explorer of all time, David Livingstone. Born to disadvantage in Blantyre, Scotland, he spent his childhood working in a mill 14 hours per day, six days per week. Less than 10%...

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Generous Justice - How God's Grace Makes Us Just

Tim Keller, Hodder and Stoughton 2010 £9.00 if purchased via CMF website Often there is tension between sharing God's word and caring for the poor. Though meaning to do both, it is easy for local churches to polarise toward one or the other. For some, evangelism and preaching are rightly central –...

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