* Dr. Shihab Ghanem sent us news about the death of alumnus Mohamed Alawi Al Safi in the UAE.
The editors of Aden College website convey their sympathies and condolences to the family members of the dicease. May God rest his soul in peace.
* Alumnus Ashraf Girgrah wrote an article in Arabic and English about the British Poltical Advisers to the High Commissioner of Aden Colony. The author vividly records his impressions of employment at Aden Radio and Television during the period of 1959 - 1969.
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* Dr. Mohamed Ali Albar co-authored with Dr. Hassan Chamsi-Pasha a study paper which was published in the British Medical Journal. The paper was entitled "Withdrawal and Withholding treatment in terminal illness Islamic Perspective." The paper mentioned that "Withholding or withdrawing life support is still an area of controversy. Its applicability is weighed with benefits and risks, and how futile the treatment is for the terminally ill patient. Unfortunately, many elder patients with chronic illness spend their last few weeks or months in hospitals. Life support is not required if it prolongs the agony and suffering associated with final stages of a terminal illness. When considering end-of-life decision making, both withholding and withdrawing life support are considered to be ethically equivalent. (1) Issues arising from the withdrawal and withholding treatment have not reached total consensus amongst the Muslim jurists. However, article 63 of the Islamic code of medical ethics (Code of Conduct1981) stated that, “the treatment of a patient can be terminated if a team of medical experts or a medical committee involved in the management of such patient are satisfied that the continuation of treatment would be futile or useless.” It further stated that “treatment of patients whose condition has been confirmed to be futile by the medical committee should not be commenced.” (2,3) The Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa, Fatwa (Decree) No. 12086 (1989) is a landmark in regulating resuscitative measures, stopping of machines in cases thought to be not suitable for resuscitative measures. The decision should be based on medical criteria and decided by at least three competent physicians. The family should be approached and the facts discussed fully with them. (4,5)"
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* Dr. Shihab Ghanem sent us an address of a website which has a rare Arabic Collection online. All published titles are digitized with the cooperation of large US universities. The titles are free to download and the collection has more than 120000 titles. The website is dib.nyu.ed/aco.
* "The Islamic Roots of the Modern Hospital" was Written by David W. Tschanz. The publication of the article was issued by Aramco website. It mentioned that "The hospital shall keep all patients, men and women, until they are completely recovered. All costs are to be borne by the hospital whether the people come from afar or near, whether they are residents or foreigners, strong or weak, low or high, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, blind or signed, physically or mentally ill, learned or illiterate. There are no conditions of consideration and payment; none is objected to or even indirectly hinted at for non-payment. The entire service is through the magnificence of God, the generous one—policy statement of the bimaristan of al-Mansur Qalawun in Cairo, c. 1284 ce"
"The modern West’s approach to health and medicine owes countless debts to the ancient past: Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome and India, to name a few. The hospital is an invention that was both medical and social, and today it is an institution we take for granted, hoping rarely to need it but grateful for it when we do. Almost anywhere in the world now, we expect a hospital to be a place where we can receive ease from pain and help for healing in times of illness or accidents."
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* Hussam Sultan as a frequent participant of Aden College website started a debate about humans losing the most powerful and important feature, our inteligence. "This is the alarming message of the book, the subject of the book review below, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari. As humans lose this superior quality to the machines, the future of mankind is now the subject of much debate and analysis.
Futurology or Future Studies is an actually subject taught at universities across the world as module in many courses and disciplines, I had a brief encounter with it myself, and there is a debate whether it is an art or a science. It is a module taught in economics, environmental studies, sociology, mathematics, philosophy and many other branches of knowledge. It combines studies of the past and the present using mathematical tools and other qualitative tool to arrive at "possible" future scenarios in various forms."
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