Many are wondering if computers can replace the work of doctors. Medical science works on a set of values such as simplicity, elegance, predisposition for control, and doctors do more than process data, they understand nuances and learn to master uncertainty. Doctors maintain a human touch that cannot be replaced by a data-processing machine, with the observation that such a machine could help the doctor’s work.

Comparing the doctor with “a machine” can only be a compliment when referring to the efficient work of the profession, but without the life-giving love, medicine remains only a computer program and the patient a data sheet.


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