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Welcome to the Christian Medical Fellowship blogs. Here you will find comment on a wide range of topical issues at the interface of Christianity and medicine. Although all blog posts are reviewed by an editorial team, our blog authors all write in a personal capacity and the views expressed are not necessarily those of CMF. We encourage interaction and debate so please feel free to contribute to the discussion.

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After Three Decades The Department of Health Recognises Fetal Pain

The eighteenth century philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, wrote of animals: ‘The question is not Can they reason?, not Can they talk?, but Can they suffer?’ Professors Glover and Fisk, in their 2005 paper ‘Fetal Pain: Implications for research and practice’ say that this caused a change […]

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The risks of neutrality on assisted suicide – lessons from abroad

Medicine has held a long-established opposition to assistance with suicide. Ira Byock, an American Palliative care physician, believes this is necessary so that:  ‘the power of medicine is not used against vulnerable people’. One of the roles of medicine is the need to balance our […]

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Why the Royal College of Physicians will go ‘neutral’ on assisted suicide and why that matters

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is going to poll its 35,000 members to ask whether ‘they would help a terminally ill patient to die and whether the law should be changed to allow assisted dying.’ Why, despite the RCP polling all its members just […]

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Assisted suicide, the Royal College and the myth of neutrality

Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence. Lemuel K. Washburn It is a very British thing to not been seen to take sides and be impartial and balanced, listening to both sides. But there comes a point when the talking is done and to […]

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A good day to bury bad news? New CANH guidance released by BMA

When Jo Moore infamously sent a memo saying in effect that 11 September 2001 was a good day to bury bad news, she inadvertently lifted the veil on a time honoured practice of releasing news and reports in the midst of major national or world […]