Unaided minds, science, and euthanasia

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 26 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

Medicine is far too complicated to be practised by the unaided mind, argues Lawrence Weed in a compelling polemic (p 231). It is an argument that is heard increasingly, yet doctors have proved reluctant to use information machines to help them during consultations. Weed thinks that the reluctance is caused by a misplaced faith in the unaided human mind. We have believed that the best way transmit knowledge from its source to its use in patient care is to first load the knowledge into human minds (the long and expensive …

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