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nucleus: autumn 1994

Fertility Rites and Wrongs

You are a young woman who is pregnant finally after years of trying. The pregnancy is a result of assisted conception and you are carrying multiple embryos.[1] The doctors tell you that it is possible that all the embryos will die unless you agree to a 'selective reduction' in their...

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Organ Transplantation

Introduction Transplantation involves taking a section of tissue or complete organ from its original natural site and transferring it to a new position. This term, like its synonym 'graft' was borrowed by surgeons from horticulture. The term autotransplantation is used if an organ is transplanted into a different site in...

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God's Health for All?

IntroductionReaders may be aware that two extremes are commonly found regarding supernatural healing. Some are fascinated by the occurrence of healings and assert that our thinking should be shaped by these phenomena.[1] Others reject supernatural healing as unscientific and unbiblical. However, our belief in God puts us in a position...

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Masturbation - Two Views

A harmless habit? William Bates is a histopathologist at Tygerberg Hospital near Cape Town, South Africa. He was also the editor of the 'CMF News of South Africa'. The Dionysius Dialogues by Peter Saunders are both interesting and well written with numerous biblical verses to support the views expressed. I...

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Differential Diagnosis 9

Eli's death is a conundrum. As he fell backwards he probably had a hyperflexion injury to the cervical spine. We read that he 'broke his neck, so mere dislocation is disallowed. The Jeffersen atlas fracture is unlikely as this usually requires axial compression. Similarly the hangman's fracture of the axis...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Lying, Slander and Gossip

What does it mean? Nitpickerus: So what is the ninth commandment? Dionysius: 'You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour'[1] Nitpickerus: And who is my neighbour? Dionysius: You're not the first to ask that.[2] According to Jesus it includes even those with whom we have nothing in common.[3] Even our...

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Know Your Bible 11

Answers As the Aramean army surrounded the city of Dothan, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and they were struck with blindness. (2 Ki 6:8-23) Epaphroditus was the fellow worker of Paul who fell ill and almost died as he risked his life to help Paul when the Philippian church was unable...

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Lemuel's Limericks

A couple with fated ontogeny Desired to help human phylogeny They read (in the tabloids) that donated haploids Could grant them their much wanted progeny A specialist in infertility Had diagnosed 'mutual sterility' But gametes from Ken and some ova from Gwen Still gave John and Sue the ability At this point Sue made the admission She...

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