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Developing Health Course 2010 – part II

Two more full days of the course – mosquitoes, worms, and other hazardous parasites yesterday and HIV and palliative care today. There is a bit of time at the end of the day to enjoy that rare event, the English summer evening, and Albert from […]

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Developing Health Course 2010 – part I

It’s been a wonderful couple of days at the Developing Health Course with the combination of excellent medical teaching and spiritual inspiration which makes this course unique. My brain is hurting a little after whistling through the whole of paediatrics in a day yesterday, and […]

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The case of Howard Martin shows why we should not accept any law allowing ‘compassionate killing’

Dr Howard Martin, a now retired Co Durham MP, was struck off on Friday by the General Medical Council (GMC) for giving excessive morphine doses to 18 dying patients. He has since admitted, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he deliberately hastened the […]

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What the Sunday Telegraph doesn’t tell you about repeat abortions

I was quoted on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph this morning in an article reporting that 89 teenage girls aged 17 or under had had their third abortion last year. The article is accompanied by a strong editorial criticising government sex education policies and suggesting […]

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Three parent embryos? Calm down all!

The papers this morning are full of reports that researchers at Newcastle University have successfully produced ‘three parent’ embryos as a first step to preventing maternally transmitted mitochondrial disease. There are about 50 different known mitochondrial diseases which are passed on in genes coded by […]