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Articles from Autumn 2020

Testimonies

Voices from the Frontline - The Developing World

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has stretched health systems, locked down societies and claimed lives across the globe. While COVID-19 research and prevention strategies have been widely publicised within high-income nations, the limited financial, governmental stability, and healthcare resources faced by low and middle-income countries (LMICs) put them at disproportionate risk...

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Reviews

Book Reviews

Christianity and The New Eugenics: Should We Choose to Have only Healthy or Enhanced Children? Calum MacKellar IVP 2020 ,224pp, £12.199, ISBN: 9781783599134 Reviewed by Trevor Stammers, Reader in Bioethics at St Mary's University and Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies Most Christians will have no idea of the history...

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Book Reviews

Where is God in a Coronavirus World? John C Lennox , The Good Book Company, 2020, £2.54, 63pp, ISBN: 9781784985691Coronavirus and Christ John Piper , Desiring God, 2020, £4.99, 112pp, ISBN: 9781433573590Virus as a Summons to Faith Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Uncertainty Paternoster Walter Bruggeman ,...

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Article

Voices from the Frontline - The UK

THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST Ruth works as a paediatric OT in Oxfordshire A lot of our caseload had to shut down when lockdown started. For the kids that were physically healthy with only moderate learning difficulties, it was mostly OK. But those who were more vulnerable were put onto a special caseload managed...

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Jesus' example of Servant Leadership

'Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger...

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From Medicine to Music why change the key?

After nearly 23 years as a doctor, I hung up my stethoscope and picked up my violin. Of course, I had been picking it up for many years, but now it has become my livelihood, rather than purely a hobby. Some people were shocked, while others, including many doctors, expressed...

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Editorial

God in the gaps

One of my favourite pastimes is walking the mountains of Snowdonia. I spent many a day off in its breath-taking hills when I worked in Bangor. One memorable day out a friend took me scrambling up the side of Tryfan, notorious not just for its rugged crags and picture-postcard formations...

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ethics

Corruption and Conflict of Interest

Whatever the origin of our calling to medicine, nursing or midwifery, one thing we would all agree, as Christians and as health professionals, is that we are required to do the best by our patients, our colleagues and the institutions for which we work. Preferably in that order of priority....

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Eutychus

Eutychus

Lockdown fuels alcohol sales One area of the US economy seems to have thrived during the COVID-19 lockdown there - home delivery sales of alcohol. Many state governments opened the doorway for bars and 'liquor stores' to sell their wares via 'mail order' during the spring and summer. A 24 per...

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Evangelism News

Vanquished or Vindicated by the Virus?

COVID-19 continues to dominate news headlines. Daily prime ministerial briefings may have ceased but print and TV remain devoted to this extra-ordinary microbe. Overwhelming all competitors, it has wrought terrible harm on our health and economy with hundreds of thousands infected, tens of thousands dead and many out of work...

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Final Thought

Return from Exile

The Book of Lamentations is a series of laments for the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. This event triggered the exile in Babylon for the people of God. Yet these verses sound a note of hope amid despair and trust in the goodness and faithfulness of God whatever may...

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Juniors

Uniting to serve Jesus in medicine

Triple Helix: What's your name? Ella Kim: My full name is Soyang Ella Kim - Some know me by my Korean name Soyang, and others know me by Ella so apologies to anyone I have confused in the past! THx: Where do you live? EK: London THx: What's your job? EK: I'm an...

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News Review

Ideology trumps evidence at the BMA?

Review by Mark PickeringCMF Chief Executive The British Medical Association (BMA) held its annual meeting on 15 September. Usually a four-day residential event with 600 delegates, it was reduced to one day online due to COVID. Much debate focussed on urgent COVID-related issues, but there was also a helpful open session...

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Priceless but penniless

Review by Georgie Coster CMF Associate Head of Nurses & Midwives On 21 July, in a move by the government to cultivate a positive relationship with its valuable 'frontliners', the Treasury announced a pay rise for almost 900,000 public sector workers. [1] However, not everybody embraced the pay rise because the...

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Coronavirus 'immunity passports'

Review by Ruth Butlin, a retired medical missionary & member of the Triple Helix committee Should people who have positive antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2 be issued with immunity certificates? With pressure on the international tourist industry, global sporting events and business travel, there is a growing economic case for using such...

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Vaccinations

Review by Jennie PollockCMF Associate Head of Public Policy In August, Australia's ABC News reported that the Anglican and Roman Catholic Archbishops of Sydney, Glenn Davies and Anthony Fisher, had raised ethical concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by a team at Oxford University. [1] The vaccine, AZD1222, which is...

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