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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (August 7, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0785221719
  • ASIN: B001PO6A2C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,166,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, has been CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center and COB of Governors of the Magnuson Clinical Center of the NIH. Dr. Schimpff, now semiretired, continues to serve as a professor of medicine at UMSOM and professor of public policy at UMCP and as a consultant on emerging bioterrorism issues, as an advisor to companies seeking to advance medical devices and methods, and as a consultant to the US Army on emerging technologies and patient safety in the OR of the future. The author of six textbooks and more than 250 medical and scientific articles, he has served on the editorial boards of three major medical journals. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The Operating Room of the Future--A Room with a New View

Use your imagination. It's the year 2020, and you need surgery; today is the day. You are the sole occupant in a large operating theater. Nurses and doctors are nowhere in sight. The only other humanlike form is that of a robot --faceless, polished, silent. The room itself is bright white, and gleaming steel arms extend over you. Strategically placed video cameras survey your physical being. Your body is prone and motionless; your mind is in a deep sleep as the action unfolds. A "smart" stretcher has been moving you gently along a conveyor-like belt from one predetermined station to another. As the special gurney supports your inert form, machines carefully monitor your vital signs and the deepest levels of biochemical change within your body.

First stop: a short semicircular tunnel. As you pass through it, invisible rays scan every part of your body. Next stop: the sterilization area, which ensures you won't have any chance of developing a postoperative infection. While you're in the sterilization area, a real-time picture of your inner anatomy and your total body molecular functioning is beamed to a control console just outside the operating room. There your surgeon is reviewing the surgery you're about to have, using a simulator and looking at a virtual you, designing the exact surgery that you need based on your internal anatomy and taking into consideration your cellular functioning. Your final stop is a docking station where a robot is poised to take its orders and make its first incision into your body. Your robotic surgery is about to begin. Of course, you are asleep so you haven't seen any of this. You are in the operating room of the future.

Although I've placed the time for this scenario in the year 2020, elements of it are actually here now and they're gaining in force every year. But before we jump so far ahead, it's important that we pause for a moment and consider surgery in an overall context.

It's fair to say that in the future, patients, surgeons, and the OR will be different. First, fewer surgical procedures overall will need to be done because of other advances in medicine that we've talked about elsewhere in this text. Not only will fewer procedures be performed, and fewer still be done in the operating room, but also the operating room itself will expand its functions. As our opening example suggests, the OR of the future depends upon technologies such as imaging, simulators, and robotic assistance to the surgeon--an OR that I am calling a room with a new view.

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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the field of personalized medicine.
Dr Schimpff has written about complex subjects in terms that are understandable to everyone - those with and without any scientific background.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James G. Kagen on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the greatest problems in medicine in the United States is understanding it. As consumers we are awash in information about what medicine can do for us but the inforamtion is sometimes wrong (Wikipedia, blogs) or biased (Drug company commercials) or just too complex for lay people to grasp. Also, medicine is so divided up into silos and information is developing so quickly from science that physicians have trouble keeping up with it, too. This means that we consumers have to be even more responsible for own health care choices. We have to do more research and learn things we never imagined having to learn.

When one goes to look up symptoms on the web or talk with a physician about a specific problem, it's hard to follow the conversation because few of us have a sense of the landscape--a framework for understanding what they're talking about and ways to put it all in perspective. Dr. Schimpff has made medicine understandable with this expceptionally literate new book. His conversational style and use of normal English instead of jargon makes this book immensely useful for any of us as a way to understand medicine today and for what will happen over the coming years.

So, I recommend reading this book and keeping it handy. You won't be able to learn what to do about specific symptoms--there are plenty of sources for that. But, you will be able to put the information in perspective and to have greater understanding of the decisions you have to make for yourself or with your loved ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santi on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Dr Schimpff recognized major trends years ago - that healthcare costs have gotten out of control and the solution lies in taking advantage of our emerging knowledge of the human genome to eliminate/mitigate the risk of chronic disease instead of simply treating it at onset. The evolution of molecular diagnostics is quickly making personalized medicine a reality and appears to be outpacing Moore's Law at the moment. It is only a matter of time before pharmacogenomics and nutritional genomics become a standard part of health management. In basic words, Dr Schimpff "gets it" and does a great job in relaying his message in layman's terms. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the field of personalized medicine. Looking forward to reading more of his work.
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As a lifelong bibliophile,I frequently haunt bookstores and seldom leave them empty-handed.While my choice of reading material is eclectic,I tend to focus on on history,biography and books related to my hobbies.
However,every so often I run across something out of the ordinary. " The Future of Medicine - Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Life" is definetly in this category.
As a layman with no medical background, I found Dr. Schimpff's book about the latest advances in medicine to be most informative.Dr. Schimpff has that rare ability of taking a weighty topic such as genomics and presenting it in such a way that the layman can easily comprehend.His explanation of the controversial subject of stem cells gave me a much better understanding of the subject. I also found the chapters covering complementary medicine and the operating room of the future fascinating.
I liked the way in which the material was presented,especially the reinforcement of the salient points throughout and at the conclusion of each chapter.
It was encouraging to read about all the technical advances currently available that are improving our health and extending our lives.
Dr. Schimff believes that the medical profession is rapidly changing from diagnosis and treatment to the prediction and prevention of disease. Sooner or later, all of us will become patients and it is important to keep up to date with what is happening in medicine so that we can take more responsibility for the quality of health care we receive. Of course the "$64,000 Question" is how we are going to afford these wonderful benefits derived from medical research and technology. Perhaps Dr. Schimpff can explore that subject in a future offering.
I highly recommend " The Future of Medicine" and hope that others will enjoy reading this book. It is well worth the time.

Richard D. Adams,Severna Park,Maryland
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Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book. It should not be read straight thru as a novel. It should be read slowly and savored because each chapter has a wealth of information to be absorbed. Dr Schimpff has written about complex subjects in terms that are understandable to everyone - those with and without any scientific background.He has a conversational way of expressing his ideas that is very refreshing. He has summerized changes that have taken place in the practice of medicine and delivery of Health Care thru our liftime and shares with us what the future will hold. He dicusses in detail what these changes will mean to us as "Personalized Medicine" and "Prevent and Predict" become the standard of care.
The chapters on the complex subjects of genomics and stem cells are a must read, particularly for those who are in a position of influence in our government. He makes these subjects more understandable and if understood, legislation is more likely to be rational and not completely subjective.
He concludes each chapter with a short summery of the information presented and then ends with "What You Should Know" and "What You Can Do".
Dr Schimpff has covered the Future of Medicine completely, from the submolecular to the operating room of the future, from vaccines to complementary medicine, from record keeping to risk management.
I recommend this book to everyone because at some time these areas of discussion will have an influence on our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
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More About the Author

In his fifth decade as physician, educator and cancer researcher, Dr. Stephen Schimpff is one of the world's foremost experts on health care. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which includes the world's preeminent trauma center, an NCI certified cancer center, and one of the country's largest kidney transplant programs. The Medical Center admits nearly 40,000 patients per year, mostly for complex tertiary care, and employs more than 5,000 people with a budget of about $1 billion. Dr. Schimpff also is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he teaches residents and fellows in oncology and infectious diseases and is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

From the bedside -- where he treated patients with acute leukemia and lymphoma, to the boardroom -- where he served as the CEO of a major academic medical center, Dr. Schimpff has witnessed firsthand the explosion of diagnostic and treatment technologies, including the emergence of the genomics revolution. He also has dealt with the frustrations of trying to manage a large-health care organization in an ever-changing health care landscape

He appears frequently on national television as an expert on healthcare and has a gift for explaining the complexities of health care delivery and the science of medicine in layman's terms. His passion for advancing health care for future generations is embodied in his three books on the topic for the general public, including the newly published The Future of Health Care Delivery - Why It Must Change and How It Will Affect You..

In addition to his work in educating the public about how changes in the healthcare landscape will affect them, Dr. Schimpff is internationally recognized for his cancer research at the University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute. His research focused on the causes, prevention, and treatment of infection in cancer patients undergoing aggressive therapy. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on cancer oncology and healthcare and is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical oncology.

Dr. Schimpff also has been a board member of companies seeking to advance medical devices and technologies and was the lead consultant to the US Army on patient safety in the "OR of the Future." He also conducted a major study of "The Hospital of the Future" for the Army and was asked to participate in a congressionally-mandated review of the construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

An Eagle Scout, Dr. Schimpff is a 1963 graduate of Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1967 at Yale Medical School, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society.

Dr. Schimpff has been married to Carol Rawstrom Schimpff, a retired architect and pension fund asset advisor, for 48 years. They reside in Columbia, MD and have a cabin in Canaan Valley, West Virginia where they live their passion for the outdoors. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two wonderful grandsons living in Los Angles.