Item description for Where Medicine Went Wrong: Rediscovering the Path to Complexity (Studies of Nonlinear Phenomena in Life Science) (Studies of Nonlinear Phenomena in Life Science) by Bruce J. West...
Where Medicine Went Wrong explores how the idea of an average value has been misapplied to medical phenomena, distorted understanding and lead to flawed medical decisions. Through new insights into the science of complexity, traditional physiology is replaced with fractal physiology, in which variability is more indicative of health than is an average. The capricious nature of physiological systems is made conceptually manageable by smoothing over fluctuations and thinking in terms of averages. But these variations in such aspects as heart rate, breathing and walking are much more susceptible to the early influence of disease than are averages. It may be useful to quote from the late Stephen Jay Gould s book Full House on the errant nature of averages: ... our culture encodes a strong bias either to neglect or ignore variation. We tend to focus instead on measures of central tendency, and as a result we make some terrible mistakes, often with considerable practical import. Dr West has quantified this observation and make it useful for the diagnosis of disease.
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Studio: World Scientific Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 9, 2006
Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN 9812568832 ISBN13 9789812568830
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More About Bruce J. West
Bruce J. West is Chief Mathematical Scientist with the Information Science Directorate at the Army Research Office, a position he has held for the last 10 years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rochester in 1970, he was Associate Director of a small private research institute (La Jolla Institute) for almost twenty years and a Professor at the University of North Texas for a decade. His research interests are in the nonlinear dynamics of complex networks. He has over 350 scientific publications, including 11 books and 8500 citations, and he has received multiple academic and government awards for his research and publications.
Bruce J. West currently resides in the state of Texas. Bruce J. West has an academic affiliation as follows - ?Durham, North Carolina, USA University of North Texas ?Durham, North.
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Please dont waste your time Nov 19, 2007
The material/research information presented is very scant.A very poorly written book.I would have prefered to give 0 stars. Complexity in medicine is such a new and exiting field- I saw nothing off it in this book
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