Experts agree that we are entering the golden age of medicine, when treatment will feel more like science fiction than a trip to the doctor. University of Pennsylvania Medical School Professor William Hanson offers intensely intimate true-life stories about the ways biotechnology is changing people's lives, including: - an electronic nose the detects infection based on a person's breath - robots that perform surgery and can feel their way around tissue - computerized psychotherapists that dispense advice about emotional problems - telehealth software that manages chronic illness such as diabetes - brainwave powered wheelchairs Hanson describes the genius behind the innovations that will shape the future of clinical medicine. This riveting and startling account will spark conversation and lead us to reexamine our understanding of mortality.
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 '...you will be hard pressed to put this extraordinary book down.' - The New York Times '(A) spirited, feel-good look at an area of medicine that's making progress.' - Kirkus 'The Edge of Medicine is a revelatory look at the amazing technology that will drive our medical future, from proton beams to mind-reading brain chips. Dr. Hanson is the ideal guide: knowledgeable, thoughtful, and fun.' - Jack El-Hai, author or The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness 'A rare glimpse into the future of medicine, through the eyes of a Renaissance thinker with a remarkable grasp of history and modern science, combined with deep compassion for patients. He sees linkages among vastly different sciences, such as physics, nanotechnology and computer sciences, that others often miss. He envisions a melding of scientific advances in physics and chemistry with those in communications technology, leading to an exciting era of personalized healthcare that seemed impossible only a few years ago. Throughout, he never fails to focus on the human side of healthcare; few could lead us there so elegantly.' - David E. Longnecker, MD, Director at the Association of American Medical Colleges, USA 'A riveting and readable account of the future of technology in health care. Dr. William Hanson makes a convincing case that the ultimate goal of tiny nanomachines and gargantuan proton beam facilities is a medicine that is preventative, efficient, and personalized.' - Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA 'At first glance, this book may seem like a fanciful hybrid of science fiction and health care, but it really is a fascinating read. Pitched at a level that is not too technically demanding, William Hanson examines the biotechnologies that are changing the face of health care in the industrialised world' - Nursing Standard
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WILLIAM HANSON, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and an Associate Faculty Member in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. He hold patents on several diagnostic tools and has helped pioneer new technologies including intensive care telemedicine. His work has been profiled in USA Today, US News and World Report, Popular Science, New Scientist, and by the BBC and NPR. He lives outside of Philadelphia, USA.