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The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 3, 2006
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First, the style was annoying. Name-dropping and pointless dialogues were apparently meant to pass for breezy, energetic journalism. But the biggest problem was that Kessler didn't do his homework. For example, he unaccountably decided that CT scans of hearts were superior in all ways to echocardiograms, which he regarded as second-rate rip-offs. He completely missed the point that echocardiograms show the heart's walls and valves in motion (the heart is a pump, it moves -- get it?), portraying its physiology and function in a way that no static anatomy test such as a CT could show.
The author failed Medical Reporting 101 -- evidently so confident in his own wisdom that he didn't have to get his facts straight. I imagine he's a better investor than medical reporter, but, due to his lack of due diligence in getting his medical facts straight, this reader won't bother to investigate his other books.
Direct visualization and personalized self-testing will replace current indirect poke-and-guess diagnostics. Docs will be thrown out of work. "Geeks are at the gates" of medicine.
Man-On-the-Street, Guy-Just-As-Intimidated-and-Ignorant-As-You-Are holds your hand for a walkthrough of medicine's thrilling futuristic Jetsonesque Road Ahead.
Mainly heart attack, stroke, cancer. Snippets on obesity and others.
Various sorts of new digitally assisted internal 3D scanning and modeling methods, automated scan picture interpretation systems, computerized gene screening, etc. Basically it is CAM - Computer Assisted Medicine.
Silicon Valley bravura.
Covers (in passing) the ridiculous Lipitor scam (much better treated in Abramson's "Overdosed America : The Broken Promise of American Medicine").
"Medicine is not vertically integrated or horizontally integrated - it's not integrated at all!"
Would've worked better as a medium-to-long magazine article in say Vanity Fair or Esquire or Men's Health. And some well-chosen pictures would've been worth 10,000 words.
Digital technology (along with money of course) is certainly the god of Kessler's idolatry, that comes through clear enough. This treatment of health care issues is about a quarter inch deep, but not a bad starting point for further amateur reading. Anyway most disease is probably psycho-spiritual - all this other stuff is just business.
Kessler uses his Wall Street intuition to pick up on clues as to where this will all lead, and make his best guess on what the future of medicine will hold. His faith in the microchip- or nanochip- is near fanatical, and is never far from the crux of what he considers to be the brightest hope of medicine in the U.S. One thing I liked was that with his focus on science and business and tech solutions he was able to avoid letting this degenerate into a book just arguing about the merits or lack of a single payer system. He mentions this, but mostly just to shrug it off.
This isn't JAMA or Nature or anything, and you're not going to be blown away with hyperbole about cures and miracles of modern medicine, but you are going to get an overhead view from a smart but non-medical guy who writes well. Worth the read, and worth thinking about. Oh yeah- and he says we'll live to be a 100 pretty soon.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It reminds me of an American humorist, Art Buchwald. I do not understand some reviewers treat this book as a serious one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Salzin
The book makes for an easy read but the information is now pretty common and is starting to be outdated.Published on January 20, 2014 by turtlej44
This book boils down to another navel-gazing Silicon Valley wonk saying "what if" and, off the top of his head, making it sound plausible. But that's what venture capitalists do. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Craig Carlson
Wish I hadn't wasted so much time reading this. Only reason I kept reading is I live in Silicon Valley and I recognize many of the people and places mentioned. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Spanky's mom
This book is a wonderful story through medical technology developments from an investor's eyes. Andy Kessler's great book includes work that turns out to be a bit outdated. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by DutchTouch1
I just finished this book and found it to be very informative and generally well-written. I especially like how very complex material was presented as narrative. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Jerome Cole
there a re a lot of articles that indeed say the same thing in fewer words. Don't waste your time. It's not worth to read it even if you receive it as a gift.Published on May 23, 2012 by datelligence
A very superficial review of technology and medicine. If you would like to read about one or two coming technologies in visualization and early detection, you will have to cut... Read morePublished on August 16, 2009 by Well Said