Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

Basic: Perseus. Mar. 2019. 400p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9781541644632. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781541644649. MED
Cardiologist, Scripps Institute VP, and author Topol (The Patient Will See You Now) writes an insightful, realistic, and comprehensive account of the ways artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed some parts of medical research, and speculates how advancements in AI might one day transform the practice of medicine itself. One of the most important factors in Topol’s account is its realistic evaluation of AI, especially given the hype it gets in popular media. The author notes that despite rapid technological progress, many obstacles and technical challenges remain for AI in medical research and practice. He organizes the book in terms of medical specialty, showing the different opportunities, challenges, and successes that AI has made or might make to each one. There are chapters on radiology, mental health, cancer research, as well as diet tracking.
VERDICT This important, accessible introduction to the promise and limitations of AI as it has thus far developed clearly presents the “state of the field” garnered from extensive research. Readers interested in technology’s role in the transformation of medicine will find this an insightful read
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