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Eric Topol

How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

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Deep Medicine by Eric Topol is a thought-provoking read on the future of medicine. It explores the potential of AI and deep learning to revolutionize healthcare while addressing ethical concerns. The book challenges readers to rethink their perception of healthcare and technology.

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    Health care requires a shift from shallow medicine to deep medicine.

    Robert was a fairly healthy 56-year-old. But one afternoon, he experienced what doctors call a “ministroke” – his face went numb, and he began having trouble seeing. His doctor told him to continue taking an aspirin every day, as he had been before. Unsatisfied with this prescription, Robert went to see a neurologist, who then referred him to a cardiologist. That’s when he found out that he had a patent foramen ovale, or PFO, a tiny hole in the wall separating two of his heart’s chambers.

    The cardiologist claimed that this condition was the cause of Robert’s ministroke, and that he needed surgery to close the gap in his heart. But Robert wasn’t so sure.

    The key message here is: Health care requires a shift from shallow medicine to deep medicine.

    After seeing the first cardiologist, Robert came to see the author, Eric Topol – also a cardiologist – for a second opinion. Topol was shocked by the original assessment; one in five adults have PFO, and the condition isn’t connected to strokes. So he and Robert worked together to determine Robert’s real issue and found it was atrial fibrillation, which can be treated with a simple blood thinner.

    Robert’s situation exemplifies what Topol calls shallow medicine, in which burned-out, depressed doctors don’t take the time to develop real connections with their patients and make holistic assessments.

    Average clinic visits in the United States, for instance, last just seven minutes. Perhaps as a result, there are about 12 million significant misdiagnoses per year across the country, and up to one-third of medical operations performed are unnecessary. 

    Patients are suffering, but so are the people who treat them. One in four young physicians experiences depression, and almost half of American doctors today have symptoms of burnout. This condition greatly increases the risk of medical errors – and even leads to physician suicides. 

    To address these issues, we must start the shift from shallow medicine to deep medicine. This shift occurs in three fundamental ways. First, medicine will require physicians to deeply define each individual with as much of their relevant personal and health history as possible. Second, it will require deep learning on the part of artificial intelligence, to augment doctors’ diagnostic abilities and automate repetitive tasks. And finally, deep medicine will require doctors to practice deep empathy – seeing patients as real people, not just as problems to be diagnosed.

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    What is Deep Medicine about?

    Deep Medicine (2019) explores how artificial intelligence could dramatically reshape the health-care industry, from how illnesses are diagnosed to the ways patients are cared for. Our current experience of care is “shallow,” as overworked clinicians rush through patients without truly empathizing, listening, or being present. Artificial intelligence has the power to change this – and, perhaps paradoxically, to bring the human side back to medicine.

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    Deep Medicine (2019) explores the transformational potential of AI in healthcare, revealing its power to revolutionize medical practice and patient care. Here's why you should give this book a read:

    • It offers a comprehensive examination of how AI can enhance diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, providing new insights into the future of medicine.
    • With insightful case studies and thought-provoking examples, the book illustrates the potential risks and benefits of integrating AI into healthcare systems.
    • By addressing ethical concerns and engaging in critical discussions, the book keeps readers captivated, ensuring it is anything but dull.

    Who should read Deep Medicine?

    • Health-care professionals and students
    • Futurists interested in how AI may impact the health-care industry
    • Anyone who’s ever been frustrated by flaws in the medical care they’ve received

    About the Author

    Eric Topol is a cardiologist, researcher, and executive vice president of Scripps Research. With over 270,000 citations, he is one of the top ten most cited researchers in medicine. Aside from Deep Medicine, he has published two other best-selling books: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. 

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    What is the main message of Deep Medicine?

    The main message of Deep Medicine is the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

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    Is Deep Medicine a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Deep Medicine is a thought-provoking book exploring the intersection of technology and healthcare, making it a valuable read.

    Who is the author of Deep Medicine?

    The author of Deep Medicine is Eric Topol.

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