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The End of Medicine, How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) will Reboot your Doctor Hardcover – July 3, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Kessler, bestselling author of Running Money, made his fortune speculating on Silicon Valley. Now he turns his nose for new technology to medicine. Will the same advances that revolutionized computers ripple through hospitals, changing how health care works? Kessler interviews doctors, technicians, radiologists and the businessmen behind technology in medicine. Advances in radiology—which encompasses all the ways we peek inside our bodies, from X-rays to MRIs—are beginning to make our hospitals look like Star Trek. New scanners can provide a high-resolution, three-dimensional image of the heart and allow doctors to spot blockages. Computer-aided diagnostic software is slowly replacing radiologists in looking for cancer in mammograms. But HMOs, lawsuits and patients' desire for personal care may prevent these new techniques from ever being used. As Kessler asks, "What if the future was here with no one to pay for it?" Kessler has a raconteur's ability to entertain, and his outsider's view of medicine is far from typical in a book on health care. However, his narrative is fractured by too many entertaining anecdotes, preventing his story from moving forward. The hors d'oeuvres are delicious, but in this meal, there's not enough room left over for the meat. (July)
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“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure meets The New England Journal of Medicine.” (BusinessWeek)
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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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the ramifications are clear.