21st-Century Miracle Medicine: RoboSurgery, Wonder Cures, and the Quest for Immortality


by: Wyke, Alexandra
Format: Paperback

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Product Description The future of healthcare may be very simple. You will sit in your living room chair and drink your tea, coffee, and beer. As you sip, the chair will absorb an encyclopedia of knowledge about your physical state of affairs. A life-management computer in your kitchen will integrate the data and then display it for you on your watch face. A daily physical work-up precisely tailored to your body will pop up on the display, showing you what you have to do over the next 24 hours to avoid all the major disease processes currently plaguing the world. This comprehensive data bank will draw on all the world's medical databases, which have been integrated to help you prevent disease. You will rise from your chair and undertake an exact modicum of exercise tailored to your requirements, performing proscribed activities that will build your stamina precisely based on your "chair data. " The health status-monitoring sweatshirt that you wear during exercise will continue its analysis throughout the day. Your diet will be calibrated from your medical database, which vii viii 21st-CENTURY MIRACLE MEDICINE will be stored in a now-common bathroom appliance, the special preventive care server. In fact, clothed in your own domestic decor, the home will become the most sophisticated medical center in the world. All you have to do is keep going, as medicine becomes an invisible service, and your life will be effortlessly extended ten to twenty years. Amazon.com Review Despite galloping advances in technology, medical expenses rise out of control--and yet mortality rates aren't dropping as might be expected, nor is the quality of life fast improving. In 21st Century Miracle Medicine, Alexandra Wyke examines the technologies that promise to change the dynamics of medicine--and, equally important, what systemic changes will be necessary to see them implemented. Wyke makes a compelling case that technologies such as robotic surgeons, telesurgery (operating at a distance, controlling instruments from afar), and the digitization of patient information promise radical long-term reductions in the cost and intrusiveness of medical procedures. These developments will also change the health care profession and particularly the role of its practitioners. Some of Wyke's scenarios--such as the eradication of most infectious diseases by 2050--seem optimistic, but on the whole the book is well researched and sensibly argued. From the Back Cover Wyke introduces us to the wonders that await us: special 'cocktails' will counteract heart disease and eradicate genetic ailments; 'energy' beams will search out and destroy malignant cells; robots will perform surgery with speed and precision; gizmos on our wrists will monitor our blood for trouble before it happens; and top-level expertise will be delivered worldwide.


Product Code: 9780306455650
ISBN: 030645565X
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 1997-01-01
Number of Pages: 365 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
Dimension: 5.51 x 1.42 x 8.31 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds