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1.  The Meaning of Medicine: The Human Person 
Journal of Medical Ethics  2003;29(4):e11.
PMCID: PMC1733763
2.  Reflections on a new medical cosmology 
Journal of Medical Ethics  2002;28(2):81-85.
PMCID: PMC1733553  PMID: 11934934
3.  A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture and Identity 
Journal of Medical Ethics  2000;26(4):292.
PMCID: PMC1733258
4.  Medicine, the arts and imagination. 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1997;23(4):254.
PMCID: PMC1377276  PMID: 9279749
5.  Changing priorities in residential medical and social services. 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1997;23(2):77-81.
During the past thirty years a high proportion of all long stay hospital beds have been closed. The responsibility for those who would have occupied those beds previously has to a large extent been transferred from health to social services departments, or to family, voluntary and private care. The overall effect has been to prioritize acute medical care, and to expose the public provision and funding of long term residential care, whether medical or social, to the direct determination of political and economic forces. These policy changes have been introduced under the banner of community care, but are dependent on complex concepts which are morally contentious and often obscure. The purpose of this paper is to analyse these processes as a prerequisite to devising better policies in future.
PMCID: PMC1377205  PMID: 9134486
6.  Anionic salivary proteins associated with connective tissue disorders: sialated tissue kallikreins. 
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  1989;48(9):753-759.
Parotid saliva was collected from 32 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 10 with systemic lupus erythematosus, three with mixed connective tissue disease, 12 with progressive systemic sclerosis, two with primary Sjögren's syndrome, and four with Raynaud's syndrome. Tissue kallikreins were measured by radioimmunoassay, and saliva samples were subjected to isoelectric focusing followed by immunoblotting or silver staining. The results showed that the saliva of patients with connective tissue diseases contained increased amounts of immunoreactive tissue kallikrein. In addition, there was an increase in the multiple forms of anionic tissue kallikreins, resulting mainly from a shift in their distribution towards that of higher sialic acid content and lower isoelectric point. These changes were most obvious in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Novel or unusual glycosylation may explain the occurrence of increased amounts of anionic salivary proteins in connective tissue diseases.
PMCID: PMC1003869  PMID: 2802797
7.  Can compulsory removal ever be justified for adults who are mentally competent? 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1991;17(4):189-194.
Section 47 of the National Assistance Act is controversial in that it makes provision for the compulsory removal and care of mentally competent adults in certain limited circumstances. A case is described in which it is argued that compulsory management could be justified. This is because the diversity and potentially conflicting nature of the relevant considerations involved in this and a restricted range of other cases, defies their being captured in any wholly rational moral scheme. It follows that if the law is to be both sensitive and just it cannot always provide definitive guidance as to how the community doctor, as the designated decision-maker, should act. The acceptance of his or her judgement is therefore necessary and depends for its proper working on trust, which can only be gained through compassion and respect for the patients concerned.
PMCID: PMC1376054  PMID: 1787518
8.  The future prospects for living wills. 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1989;15(4):179-182.
Following the first enactment of living will legislation in California in 1976 the majority of the states of the USA have now passed similar laws. However, flaws have been identified in the way they work in practice and many states are considering reviewing their legislation. In Britain there is no legislation but the subject is currently commanding considerable interest. This paper assesses the future prospects for living wills in both the USA and Britain, analysing the different options available and comparing the two countries. If patients who become permanently incompetent are to have their previous autonomous decision-making respected, there is general agreement that advance directives for health care must be introduced. The difficulty is in deciding how to implement them, and especially whether this should be by statutory or non-statutory means, the traditions in the two countries being very different in this respect. It is concluded that whichever route is taken, promoting respect for patient autonomy is as much a matter for education and persuasion of doctors as of the adoption of particular instruments. Doctors should therefore be trained in what constitutes good medical practice in this area and, to ensure that it can be carried out properly, the general level of medical facilities for these patients must also be protected and promoted.
PMCID: PMC1375830  PMID: 2614786
9.  Combining law with medical ethics. 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1987;13(3):134-136.
A postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Law was started in October 1984 by the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College. It is a part-time one year course designed so as to enable students to continue with full-time employment if they wish. It is multidiscipinary and is open to all who have a first degree in a relevant discipline, for example law, philosophy, theology, medicine and nursing studies. It is unique in combining medical law and medical ethics and has attracted students of high calibre from a variety of backgrounds during its first three years. Building on the experience of the diploma the course is being upgraded to an MA in 1987-88. It will be available either full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
PMCID: PMC1375663  PMID: 3669041
10.  The organization of the tadpole and adult alpha globin genes of Xenopus laevis. 
Nucleic Acids Research  1982;10(24):7935-7945.
Adult erythrocytes of X. laevis contain six electrophoretically resolvable globin polypeptides while tadpole erythrocytes contain four polypeptides, none of which comigrates with an adult protein. We show that three of the adult proteins are alpha globin polypeptides (alpha 1, alpha 2, alpha 3) and three are beta globin polypeptides (beta 1, beta 2, beta 3). We find that a tadpole alpha globin gene (alpha T1) is linked to the major adult locus in the sequence 5'-alpha T1-alpha 1-beta 1-3' with 5.2 kb separating alpha T1 from alpha 1. Another tadpole alpha globin gene (alpha T2) is linked to the minor adult locus in the sequence 5'-alpha T2-alpha 2-beta 2-3' with 10.7 kb separating alpha T2 from alpha 2. These linkage relationships are consistent with the major and minor loci having arisen by tetraploidization but the different separation of larval and adult globin genes at the two loci indicates the occurrence of some additional chromosomal rearrangement. Two alternative models are presented.
PMCID: PMC327060  PMID: 6298702
13.  What is medicine?: towards a philosophical approach. 
Journal of Medical Ethics  1979;5(1):29-32.
The failure of Western medicine to deal with many of the problems it is currently facing has led to an awareness of the need for a fundamental reappraisal. The way in which medical concepts derived from the nineteenth century have brought technical medical advances in this century and the alliances that medicine has made with statistics and more recently the social sciences, have prevented a questioning of medicine's underlying assumptions. Thus, despite a number of critical initiatives from both within and outside medicine, there has been no coherent development to seriously confront the question 'what is medicine?'. It is suggested that the basis for such a development depends on the return to a philosophical questioning of our conceptual understanding of disease, a subject which has largely been ignored during the past hundred years.
PMCID: PMC1154702  PMID: 372529
17.  Length of hospital stay. 
British Medical Journal  1978;2(6138):705.
PMCID: PMC1607459  PMID: 698685
18.  Blood Pressure in a Scottish Town 
British Medical Journal  1974;3(5931):600-603.
As part of a general health screening survey in the Burgh of Renfrew blood pressure was measured in 3,001 subjects (78·8% of those eligible) aged 45 to 64. In 468 (15·6%) diastolic blood pressure was 100 mm Hg or more. A year later the mean blood pressure for those of the population re-examined showed no change, there being an equal number of subjects with increased and decreased pressures. The prognostic significance of those showing the larger fluctuations remains to be determined through medical-record linkage.
Examination of the general practitioners' medical records of 422 of the 468 subjects with diastolic blood pressure of 100 mm Hg or more showed that 255 had no previous documented hypertension. Of the remainder 73 were receiving antihypertensive therapy. Examination of the records of subjects whose blood pressure was under 100 mm Hg showed that 55 were receiving antihypertensive treatment and that another 113 had previously been recorded as having a diastolic blood pressure of 100 mm Hg or more by their general practitioner. Altogether at least 636 (21·2%) of those who were examined had been considered at some time to have evidence of hypertension.
The prevalence of undetected hypertension in the general population has important implications for the resources of the National Health Service if current trials show benefit to the health of the community from treating “mild” as well as “moderate” hypertension.
PMCID: PMC1611630  PMID: 4418800
20.  Candidates for coronaries. 
British Medical Journal  1972;4(5836):366-367.
PMCID: PMC1786544  PMID: 4637537
22.  RecBC, sbcB independent, (AT)n-mediated deletion of sequences flanking a Xenopus laevis beta globin gene on propagation in E. coli. 
Nucleic Acids Research  1986;14(10):4147-4158.
Plasmids containing sequences 3' of the adult beta 1 globin gene of Xenopus laevis are unstable on propagation in a range of E. coli host strains. Up to 300 bp of Xenopus DNA are lost by rec A independent recombination between (AT)37 and (AT)17 sequences. Additionally, smaller deletions occurring in or around the (AT)37 sequence are observed. Deletion of these potential cruciform structures occurs in the absence of exonuclease I, exonuclease V and exonuclease VIII as the same pattern of deletion events is observed in recA recBC sbcB and recBC sbcA recE strains.
PMCID: PMC339851  PMID: 3012463
PMCID: PMC506059  PMID: 14255599

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