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Articles from Winter 2019

Article

Do not be afraid

I truly love my calling as an Occupational Therapist. Torn between a love of science and art, I thrived during my training on the unusual mixture of anatomy, physiology, woodwork, pottery and creative arts. I loved the work, despite its ups and downs. So, when I started work as a...

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Handling abortion requests in general practice

The aim of this article is to provide a framework for GPs addressing abortion requests. There will be a lot that is left unwritten on this grey topic - such as how gynaecology trainees might deal with the pressure to perform terminations or how we might ever bridge the impasse...

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Suffering: a problem that requires an answer, or a mystery that requires a presence?

Suffering has been part of the human condition since the garden of Eden. (1) Philosophers have tried to explain it, theologians have tried to understand it, ministers have preached about it, and atheists have used it to justify their position. But the eternal question remains; if God is good and...

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Sudden death: lessons in life

Sudden death is an important topic to consider from a Christian perspective. Terrorist atrocities (such as Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge) and the Grenfell Tower disaster bring the matter into stark relief. In my professional life, working with a Helicopter Emergency Medicine Service (HEMS) and in an Emergency Department, I am...

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CMF Reading Groups

I have benefitted enormously by being part of a CMF reading group for over three years now. It has been a wonderful opportunity to engage with some of the big issues that concern us as Christians in healthcare. You get to dig deeper into particular topics by reading a whole...

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I was in prison and you came to visit

Ten years ago, Godfrey Kule found himself in a Ugandan prison after he was falsely accused of stealing equipment from his office in Kasese. Godfrey had developed a good relationship with his boss and his colleagues were jealous, so they staged a break in and took the equipment, blaming Godfrey...

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Beyond the bars

'The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.' (Psalm 102:19-20) No one knows how many prisoners there were back when the psalmist penned these lines, but today God hears the cries...

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Book Reviews

Reviews

Target Africa Ideological Neocolonialism in the twenty-first century Obianuju Ekeocha Ignatius Press, 2018, £10.28, 219pp, ISBN: 9781621642152 Reviewed by Philippa Taylor, former CMF Head of Public Policy Nigerian human rights activist, Obianuju Ekeocha, demonstrates in detail how Western governments (which most certainly includes our own), billionaires and NGOs are systematically imposing a secular 'morality' on...

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Editorial

Assisted Suicide – much to report

There has been plenty of activity in recent months around assisted suicide, or 'assisted dying' as it is often euphemistically referred to. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) polled its 35,000 members in February,yet has caused great controversy by the decision of their Council, in advance of the vote, to...

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Eutychus

Eutychus

Fear and immortality in Las Vegas The super-rich have been gathering in Las Vegas recently for their annual RAADfest (Revolution Against Ageing and Death Festival) to explore myriad ways of defying ageing and death. Everything from Immortalis Klotho Formula (IKF) taken orally and rectally at the modest rate of $8,000 a...

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Final Thought

Final thought

'...there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work...' (Ecclesiastes 3:22) Several years ago, I padlocked my bicycle at the end of Harley Street, for about one hour. It was chained with two locks. The bike and the chains disappeared. The bike appeared on Gumtree a few days...

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Juniors

Finding fellowship in Shrewsbury

In the West Midlands, on the border of Wales, lies Shrewsbury with its district general hospital. I started here as an FY1 back in August 2018 and now look forward to my FY2 year. When I started as a junior doctor, I knew a couple of Christians who worked at...

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News Review

No smoke without a fire? Controversy over flavoured vapes

Juul, the 'iPhone of e-cigarettes' (1) maintains that its flavoured 'vapes' are safe to use in the UK, despite concerns over a 'mysterious lung illness' that has led to over 20 deaths and more than a thousand medical cases in the US. (2) Seen as an alternative to cigarettes, Juul insists...

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Abortion in Northern Ireland: Devolving the problem?

After a breakdown in the power-sharing agreement at Stormont in January 2017, Westminster has been caretaking ever since, and has been in power ever since. In July 2019, MPs at Westminster passed the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill, designed 'to keep public services running and delay...

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Transgender Genesis: Incompatible with human dignity?

The current transgender environment presents Christians with many challenges as they seek to respond with an appropriate balance of care for vulnerable individuals, clarity over terms, and exposure of unhelpful, underlying ideologies. In a highly significant legal ruling issued on 2 October 2019, belief in Genesis 1:27 ('God created man in...

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Losing 'measles-free status': No cause for compulsion

In August it was reported that the UK, along with four other EU nations, had lost its 'measles-free' status. (1) The government response included calls for social media campaigns to counter the misinformation of so-called 'anti-vaxxers', greater public awareness and vaccine reminder campaigns. At one point, Health Secretary Matt Hancock...

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