The Engines of Hippocrates
O. K. Baek, Barry Robson
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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Chemie
A unique, integrative look at information-based medicine The convergence of medical science, biology, pharmacology,biomedical engineering, healthcare, and information technology isrevolutionizing medical and scientific practice, and has broadersocial implications still being understood. The Engines ofHippocrates provides a unique, integrative, and holistic lookat the new paradigm of information-based medicine, covering a broadrange of topics for a wide readership. The authors take a comprehensive approach, examining theprehistory, history, and future of medicine and medical technologyand its relation to information; how history led to suchpresent-day discoveries as the structure of DNA, the human genome,and the discipline of bioinformatics; and what the future resultsof these discoveries may hold. Their far-ranging views are theirown and not necessarily those of the IBM Corporation or otheremployers. The Engines of Hippocrates helps readers understand: * Forces shaping the pharmaceutical and biomedical industriestoday, including personalized medicine, genomics, data mining, andbionanotechnology * The relationship between pharmaceutical science today and otherdisciplines such as philosophy of health, history, economics,mathematics, and computer science * The integrated role alternative and non-Western medicines couldplay in a new, information-based medicine * Practical, ethical, organizational, technological, and socialproblems of information-based medicine, along with a noveldata-centric computing model and a self-adaptive softwareengineering model, and corresponding information technologyarchitectures, including perspectives on sharing remote dataefficiently and securely for the common good An unmatched, cross-disciplinary perspective on the big pictureof today and tomorrow's medicine, The Engines of Hippocratesprovides a reference to interested readers both inside and outsidethe pharmaceutical and medical communities, as well as a peerlessclassroom supplement to students in a wide variety ofdisciplines.
"We should not throw a stone to the authors for not having limitedthe subject of this book to the necessity of digital recordsrunning on computers for patients rightly waiting for apersonalized healthcare. Rather, the reader will also enjoy thelarge spectrum of knowledge delivered through innumerabledigressions hopefully made re-accessible through a generous index.Written with a witty journalistic style, this book lets itself readlike a novel rich in unexpected developments."
"In this book, Robson and Baek, both experts of the interfacebetween medicine and computer, led the reader to a journeyencompassing many disciplines. Though daunting at first, one cannothelp appreciate the perspective from history, health, philosophy,economy, mathematics and IT. As history has shown, IT, along withmany other drug discovery technologies, contributed to the goldenage of the drug industry signified with the era of blockbusterdrugs. In today's environment with the paucity of blockbusterdrugs, one cannot help to wonder if drug discovery technologiesincluding IT should be attenuated or extenuated. This book could not be out at a more opportune time. Americans arenow burdened with the crushing weight of healthcare cost. One ofthe cost-saving measures, recognized by both President Obama andthe Congress, is digitization of medical records. In addition, thisbook also covers topics such as patent-based drug design,pharmacogenomics, medical vigilance, and many other gems. It is atribute to the authors' remarkable breadth of knowledge andorganizational skills to assemble them together. Anyone interestedin health care, especially the ones interested in pharmaceuticalinformatics, would benefit from reading this book."
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Health Care Administration, Health & Social Care, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Verwaltung im Gesundheitswesen, Drug Discovery & Development, Gesundheits- u. Sozialwesen, Biowissenschaften, Bioinformatik, Bioinformatik u. Computersimulationen in der Biowissenschaften, Chemie, Wirkstoffforschung u. -entwicklung