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Articles from Spring 2021

Testimonies

Physician associates

Physician Associates (PAs) were introduced in the UK in 2003. The UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) was established, acting as a professional body for physician associates in 2005, becoming the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in 2015. The Competence and Curriculum Framework (developed...

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Article

Religion, morality, ethics and war

The COVID-19 crisis has challenged our healthcare system's very fabric and placed enormous burdens on healthcare workers. There have been comparisons between this crisis and healthcare practice in the Armed Forces. [1] As a recently retired military doctor, I believe my reflection on the personal beliefs that have grounded me...

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A heavenly reason to care for bodies

'Why be a doctor? Why should I bother to heal and cure bodies if everyone is going to die in the end? Why don't I become an evangelist?' I was leading a discussion group for medics when one of them asked this question. At first hearing, her line of reasoning seemed...

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Remembering Arthur Rendle Short

Those who are regulars at the CMF National Conference will remember the Rendle Short Lecture (RSL) that has been a feature of Saturday afternoons there for many years. In fact, Prof John Wyatt's RSL in 2019 was the 60th such lecture. The change in format of CMF National Conferences for...

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Book Reviews

Book Reviews

2084 Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity John Lennox Zondervan Reflective, 2020, £10.99, 208pp, ISBN: 9780310109563 Reviewed by Jennie Pollock, CMF Associate Head of Public Policy In 2017, the London Science Museum held an exhibition of robots. It featured some of the earliest automata and followed their progress through to the robots in...

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Editorial

Stand up for those without a voice

In Christ, all people are equal; neither male nor female, slave nor free. [1]God treats us all the same. God also expects us to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. [2]In Isaiah, God tells us that he expects us to 'share [our] food with...

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Eutychus

Eutychus

Why exercise can't make you thin While studying the physical activity patterns of the Hadza people of northern Tanzania, Herman Pontzer discovered that despite walking, running and heavy farm work, the average Hadza burns no more calories in a day than the average American. In fact, a slew of research now...

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Final Thought

Developing compassion permanence

'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and...

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Juniors

Peace & hope amid despair & suffering

Triple Helix: Where do you live? Duncan Steed: Currently between Portsmouth and Northern Ireland. THx: What's your job? DS: I've just finished my two foundation years at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. I am also a medical officer in the Royal Navy and am about to start my three years of...

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News Review

'Puberty blockers' for transgender children

In December, the High Court ruled against The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, finding that puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones are 'innovative and experimental' treatments, to which it is unlikely that young people would be able to give informed consent. [1] An appeal will be heard later this year. Then...

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Opting out of organ donation

Under a law that became effective in May 2020, [1] all adults in England are considered to have agreed to post-mortem organ donation after their death unless (a) they have actively opted out or (b) they are in an excluded group. This change had been under consideration for many years....

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'DIY home abortion' regulations in the UK

In March 2020, new temporary legislation was rolled out allowing for women to have Early Medical Abortions (EMA) at up to nine weeks and six days' gestation 'in their own homes, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic'. [1] CMF and many others have repeatedly raised concerns...

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End of life developments

Pressure to legalise assisted suicide continues. The BMA members' poll, taken in February 2020 but only released in October 2020, is very significant, representing the views of 29,000 BMA members. As noted at the time: '40 per cent of respondents wanted the BMA to actively support attempts to change the...

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Obituary

A career for Christ

This article is taken from an interview that Peter gave to me in February 2020 and a Christmas letter that Peter composed in December 2020. Both highlight Peter's devotion to God throughout his life. During his career, Peter worked as a missionary doctor, farmer, accountant and teacher, alongside his wife Hope,...

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practice

Touch - a healing gift?

COVID-19 has dominated all our minds for most of 2020 and 2021, and despite the arrival of several vaccines, it is not going to disappear quickly. In many respects, we are going to have to learn how to live with it. However, this pandemic has had another effect that has...

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