Item description for The Future of Medicine: Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Quality of Life by Stephen C. Schimpff...
Overview In an accessible writing style, Dr. Schimpff gives readers an insiders look at the amazing revolutions in medicine now underway, including vaccines that prevent cancer; robots in the operating room; and smaller, more powerful medical devices that are transforming modern medical care.
Make the most of the latest advances in medicine
Vaccines that prevent cancer and chronic disease
Surgery simulation and robots in the operating room
Smaller, more powerful medical devices that help your heart beat, relieve depression, replace organs, and more
Are you confused by what you hear in the media about modern medical advances? Do you really understand genomics? How pharmacogenomics can change your life? How information technology "will" change the way medicine is practiced―and help you lead a longer life?
"The Future of Medicine" is the first and only book to identify megatrends in:
amazing new approaches in the operating room
digitizing medical records
ancient healing practices
The megatrends will not only improve "your" quality of life but ultimately lower your health-care costs. Using layman's terms, Dr. Schimpff explains the science of what's happening on the medical frontier in ways you can understand―and shows you how to make the most of it now.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.04 lbs.
Release Date Aug 7, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785221719 ISBN13 9780785221715 UPC 020049058558
Reviews - What do customers think about The Future of Medicine: Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Quality of Life?
Ahead of his time May 25, 2009
This is a wonderful book. Dr Schimpff recognized major trends years ago - that healthcare costs have gotten out of control and the solution lies in taking advantage of our emerging knowledge of the human genome to eliminate/mitigate the risk of chronic disease instead of simply treating it at onset. The evolution of molecular diagnostics is quickly making personalized medicine a reality and appears to be outpacing Moore's Law at the moment. It is only a matter of time before pharmacogenomics and nutritional genomics become a standard part of health management. In basic words, Dr Schimpff "gets it" and does a great job in relaying his message in layman's terms. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the field of personalized medicine. Looking forward to reading more of his work.
Complex Medical Issues Made Understandable Jan 12, 2008
This is a remarkable book. It should not be read straight thru as a novel. It should be read slowly and savored because each chapter has a wealth of information to be absorbed. Dr Schimpff has written about complex subjects in terms that are understandable to everyone - those with and without any scientific background.He has a conversational way of expressing his ideas that is very refreshing. He has summerized changes that have taken place in the practice of medicine and delivery of Health Care thru our liftime and shares with us what the future will hold. He dicusses in detail what these changes will mean to us as "Personalized Medicine" and "Prevent and Predict" become the standard of care. The chapters on the complex subjects of genomics and stem cells are a must read, particularly for those who are in a position of influence in our government. He makes these subjects more understandable and if understood, legislation is more likely to be rational and not completely subjective. He concludes each chapter with a short summery of the information presented and then ends with "What You Should Know" and "What You Can Do". Dr Schimpff has covered the Future of Medicine completely, from the submolecular to the operating room of the future, from vaccines to complementary medicine, from record keeping to risk management. I recommend this book to everyone because at some time these areas of discussion will have an influence on our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
Healthcare you can understand Nov 30, 2007
One of the greatest problems in medicine in the United States is understanding it. As consumers we are awash in information about what medicine can do for us but the inforamtion is sometimes wrong (Wikipedia, blogs) or biased (Drug company commercials) or just too complex for lay people to grasp. Also, medicine is so divided up into silos and information is developing so quickly from science that physicians have trouble keeping up with it, too. This means that we consumers have to be even more responsible for own health care choices. We have to do more research and learn things we never imagined having to learn.
When one goes to look up symptoms on the web or talk with a physician about a specific problem, it's hard to follow the conversation because few of us have a sense of the landscape--a framework for understanding what they're talking about and ways to put it all in perspective. Dr. Schimpff has made medicine understandable with this expceptionally literate new book. His conversational style and use of normal English instead of jargon makes this book immensely useful for any of us as a way to understand medicine today and for what will happen over the coming years.
So, I recommend reading this book and keeping it handy. You won't be able to learn what to do about specific symptoms--there are plenty of sources for that. But, you will be able to put the information in perspective and to have greater understanding of the decisions you have to make for yourself or with your loved ones.
Well done Nov 12, 2007
I want to congratulate Dr. Schimpff on an incredible book that details the future of medicine. Our healthcare system has been focused for way too long on treating those who are sick rather than attempting to prevent disease. The Future of Medicine allows readers to envision the future of our system and the medical world.
This book should be a must read for future physicians and healthcare professionals.
The Future of Medicine Nov 10, 2007
As a lifelong bibliophile,I frequently haunt bookstores and seldom leave them empty-handed.While my choice of reading material is eclectic,I tend to focus on on history,biography and books related to my hobbies. However,every so often I run across something out of the ordinary. " The Future of Medicine - Megatrends in Health Care That Will Improve Your Life" is definetly in this category. As a layman with no medical background, I found Dr. Schimpff's book about the latest advances in medicine to be most informative.Dr. Schimpff has that rare ability of taking a weighty topic such as genomics and presenting it in such a way that the layman can easily comprehend.His explanation of the controversial subject of stem cells gave me a much better understanding of the subject. I also found the chapters covering complementary medicine and the operating room of the future fascinating. I liked the way in which the material was presented,especially the reinforcement of the salient points throughout and at the conclusion of each chapter. It was encouraging to read about all the technical advances currently available that are improving our health and extending our lives. Dr. Schimff believes that the medical profession is rapidly changing from diagnosis and treatment to the prediction and prevention of disease. Sooner or later, all of us will become patients and it is important to keep up to date with what is happening in medicine so that we can take more responsibility for the quality of health care we receive. Of course the "$64,000 Question" is how we are going to afford these wonderful benefits derived from medical research and technology. Perhaps Dr. Schimpff can explore that subject in a future offering. I highly recommend " The Future of Medicine" and hope that others will enjoy reading this book. It is well worth the time.