March 1970

Diagnostic Computers.

Author Affiliations

Worcester, Mass


By Cesar A Caceres, MD, Arthur E Rikli, MD. Price, $8. Pp 86, with 23 figures and 20 tables. Charles C Thomas Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(3):554. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310030164026

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The increasing demand for health care coupled with the continued shortage of physicians encourages the development of new means to eliminate most of the "scut work" of physicians. Computers, which can process large volumes of data rapidly and eliminate the variations of individual analyses, may relieve physicians of the routine aspects of data interpretation and allow them to spend more time on other facets of medical care.

The cover jacket of this book points out "this is the story of the first fully functional, clinical, diagnostic computer." While this monograph will be of interest to anyone curious about how computers can be utilized in the medical-care field, it will be of practical value only to those contemplating computer analysis of physiologic data, electrocardiograms in particular. The complex technical problems that were encountered by the authors are well detailed and analyzed.

The price of $8 for this 86-page monograph seems rather

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