Experts agree that we are entering the Golden Age of Medicine, when our everyday experience of being ill and getting better will be more like science fiction than today’s routine trip to the doctor.


  • An electronic nose that detects infection, such as pneumonia, based on a person’s breath
  • Robots with appendages that can feel their way around tissue, which will augment the hands of surgeons in the operating room
  • Computer health wizards that will advise and prescribe through your home computer
  • Computerized psychotherapists dispensing advice about emotional problems
  • Telehealth software that serves as a monitoring nurse for difficult to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
  • Wheelchairs operated by reading electrical brainwaves for patients with severe neurological deterioration.
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    About the Author

    William Hanson M.D. is an anesthesiologist and chief of intensive care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School as well as an Associated Faculty member of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, where he has taught a course on computers in medicine...

    Sample Book Excerpt

    “Although we don’t know precisely when, at some point primate social activities such as mutual grooming and nit-picking transitioned into the beginnings of early human medicine. The first medical tools people used were their senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing. And they weren’t just observant; they acted on their observations. “

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