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Book and Media Reviews
June 2, 2010

Technological Medicine: The Changing World of Doctors and Patients

JAMA. 2010;303(21):2195-2196. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.742

The adoption and diffusion of technology in medicine has been a field of great scientific and policy interest for the better part of the last 5 decades. A recent text on this topic is Technological Medicine: The Changing World of Doctors and Patients, by Stanley Joel Reiser. This book explores the development, diffusion, adoption, and implications of several transformative medical technologies that have resulted in significant change in the way patients and physicians view and interact with each other. For each technology considered, Reiser provides a rich historical and sociological context that suggests several key lessons that seem widely applicable regardless of the technology under consideration.

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