- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (August 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785221719
- ISBN-13: 978-0785221715
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,081 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.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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This book should enable any reader to better understand the scientific basis for the discoveries and advances we hear about in the media every day. The author describes the advances in genomics, stem cell research, diagnostic imaging and complimentary medicine that will affect all of us either directly or through a family member. The author has an excellent way of describing complex technologies in plain language that a lay person can understand. At the same time, those who have a scientific background should not be disappointed: the book contains sufficient detail for the non specialist to benefit.
The introduction to the book describes how the author's grandfather - also a physician - practiced a distinctly different discipline than those practicing medicine today. This was one of the things for me that made the book more than simply a dry summary of medical technology. The stories of individuals which illustrate the topics are quite fascinating.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in medical science trends. Both high school and college students considering a career in medicine would benefit greatly by reading The Future of Medicine.
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.
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