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Book and Media Reviews
October 14, 2009

Emerging Technologies in Surgery

JAMA. 2009;302(14):1593-1598. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1469

The world is driven by technology, and information is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Harnessing this enormous knowledge base for the betterment of humankind is likely to be the defining challenge for the current generation. To play an effective role, society must analyze changes and make careful decisions rather than blindly embracing or rejecting all things new. Technological breakthroughs are not inherently good or bad—it all depends on how they are applied; for example, advances in nuclear physics are equally capable of causing mass destruction or generating “clean” energy.

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