More on why we need physicians rather than computers

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Category : Medical Rants

David Brooks has a wonderful, and apparently misunderstood, essay in the NY Times – What Data Can't Do

Here is my interpretation.  He does not argue against data, rather he argues against blind data mining.  Computers might be great if we humans were identical.  They might be great if our patients were accurate historians without unknown agendas.  But none of those, and many other restrictions exist.  

We have to weigh each piece of evidence, especially the history.  We use complex illness scripts and our experience.

Excellent doctoring requires knowledge (computers can provide) plus wisdom.  How can we program wisdom?

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I have to say this again, " statistics are like a bra – what they show is important but what they hide is vital."

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