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February 4, 1983

Advanced medicine goes micro-chip

JAMA. 1983;249(5):570-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330290006002

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Biomedical engineering virtually took over a part of Philadelphia one week last fall, with four different conferences on state-of-the-art developments in that field and in engineering and computing as they relate to medicine.

Starting out the week was the Fourth Annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference, which was split into Frontiers of Engineering in Health Care and Frontiers of Computers in Medicine (COMPMED). Then came the 35th Annual Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology and finally the First IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Medical Computer Science/Computational Medicine (MEDCOMP).

A recurring theme at the first meeting was that without recent advances in miniaturization and computing speed, many of the latest achievements would have been impossible. This was clear, for example, in a report by Nitish Thakor, PhD, and Robert Kuhn, PhD, both assistant professors of electrical engineering in computer science at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. The