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Monday August 18, 2008

Apres Lewis
David Skeel, in an editorial at WSJ, wonders why, even after 55 years, there is still no successor to C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.


On Discarded Things
An interesting little article from a med student whose blog I read. “After my first patient died, I remember getting this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the janitor role down the corridor. I looked across the hall at a nurse who simultaneously shuddered and looked away. We could not watch as his living things were bagged and tossed away–as his room was raped.”


Snuggling a Mannequin
“Recently I came across one of the saddest passages I’ve ever read. Writer Augusten Burroughs writes in his new book, The Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, about growing up with his distant, neglectful father. One part, in particular, was so raw as to make me almost cringe as I read it.”


Religion Out of Medicine
This is a chilling possibility in my province of Ontario. “Ontario physicians could be stripped of their right to exercise religious or moral conscience if a new set of guidelines is accepted by their regulating body next month, critics say.”


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