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Evaluation Methods in Medical Informatics

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 13 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:689
  1. John Faughnan
  1. Clinical Applications Design, Bloomington, USA

    Charles P Friedman, Jeremy C Wyatt: Springer, £40, pp 311 ISBN 3 540 94228 9

    Computers have not been kind to physicians. They enable monitoring and pestering everywhere. None the less, there have been generations of computer enthusiasts in health care, including many doctors. The appeal seems obvious: we forget easily, the computer never forgets; we are slow to do simple things, the computer is fast; we tire, the machine is tireless.

    Even 30 years ago it seemed a natural partnership. With the computer to leverage our strengths and ease our frailties, we could all be Oslers. …

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