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June 26, 1996

Health and the New Media: Technologies Transforming Personal and Public Health

Author Affiliations

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Baltimore, Md
Johns Hopkins School of Arts and Sciences Baltimore, Md

JAMA. 1996;275(24):1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530480074045

If the authors of Health and the New Media had their way, health professionals would be reading this review off their computer monitors during a break from the routine of reviewing patient information and x-ray films online. Finally, the excitement and potential of the computer-and-multimedia juggernaut, which seems to be affecting each of our lives at daunting speed, has been captured just long enough for a glimpse of how it will impact medicine and public health.

Ken Kesey's quote in the overview, "You can count how many seeds are in the apple, but not how many apples are in the seed," eloquently captures the enormous task this book seeks to undertake. Health and the New Media boldly attempts to map out the infinite ways that the ever-developing technologies of the information age will reshape the landscape of the health professions.

Someone once said "the future is not what it used