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The end of medicine as we know it - and why your health has a future

  • First popular science nonfiction book on systems medicine and the next socioeconomic revolution in our society

  • Provides very concrete tips and calls-to-action for society and all readers

  • Written by an abolute insider and leader in the systems medicine research field

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Crisis, What Crisis…?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Too Late

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 3-11
    3. Don’t Rely on Your Prescription

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 13-29
    4. Chronic Disease?

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 31-38
    5. No Prevention

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 39-60
    6. Male Plus Low Income = Double Whammy

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 61-69
    7. False Incentives

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 71-87
    8. The End of Big Pharma

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 89-99
    9. Research Not for Patients

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 101-117
    10. Organ-Based Medicine

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 119-128
    11. Interjection 1: How Healthy Do You Want to Be?

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 129-133
  3. The Medicine of the Future

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 135-135
    2. Re-discover the Whole Patient

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 137-153
    3. Research for Patients

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 155-164
    4. Know your Genes

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 165-176
    5. Outnumbered

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 177-188
    6. Your Exposome

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 189-200
    7. Big Data Medicine

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 201-216
    8. Healed

      • Harald H. H. W. Schmidt
      Pages 217-235

About this book

Medicine itself is sick. We hardly understand any disease and therefore need to chronically treat symptoms but not the causes. Consequently, drugs and other therapies help only very few patients; yet we are pumping more and more money into our healthcare system without any added value and neglect prevention. Thus, the internationally renowned physician scientist, Harald H.H.W. Schmidt, MD, PhD, PharmD, professor at Maastricht University, predicts the end of medicine as we know it. On a positive note, digitization will radically change healthcare and lead to one of the greatest socioeconomic revolutions of mankind. He is one of the pioneers of "systems medicine", a complete redefinition of what we call a "disease", how we organize medicine and how we use Big Data to heal rather than treat, and to prevent rather than cure. In this book the author first proves the deep crisis of medicine, and then also describes how medicine will become more precise, more preventive, safer and, surprisingly, more affordable.

“Dr. Harald Schmidt convincingly explains the limitations in the current practice of medicine and the need for big data and a systems approach.”

Ferid Murad MD, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1998 

"Visionary, provocative, and full of insights. Professor Schmidt gives a unique and authoritative perspective to the past, present and future of medical science and clinical practice. And all presented in such an inimitable style."

Prof. Robert F. W. Moulds, MBBS PhD FRACP, Former Dean Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School of the University of Melbourne, Australia

The translation was performed with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service DeepL.com). Subsequent human revision including updating of each chapter was carried out mainly with a view to internationalization of the content, so that the book reads differently from a simple translation in terms of style and timeliness.

Keywords

  • systems medicine
  • prevention
  • chronic disease
  • big data
  • artificial intelligence
  • AI
  • microbiome
  • drug therapy
  • gene therapy
  • machine learning

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aachen, Germany

    Harald H.H.W. Schmidt

About the author

Professor Harald H.H.W. Schmidt is a German physician and pharmacist, chairing the Department of Pharmacology and Personalized Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, at the University of Maastricht. Netherlands.
After his double degree in medicine and pharmacy, he distinguished himself as an internationally highly recognized researcher in the fields of drug therapy, elucidation of the causes of disease and prevention.
He headed and heads various research programs as an Advanced Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC), coordinator of  Horizon 2020 project REPO-TRIAL and Collaboration on Science and Technology (COST) actions.
He founded companies with which he brought therapeutics and diagnostics to market, is co-editor of the journal Network and Systems Medicine, and has written over 200 peer-reviewed international publications, reviews and books with a Hirsch factor of 92 and over 30,000 citations.
Part of his early research training he conducted in the USA with the later Nobel Laureate, Ferid Murad, and led international institutes and research centers in Germany, Australia and the Netherlands. He is also the editor of a textbook on drug therapy and several expert handbooks in drug therapy.
As a broadly experience and critical analyst, he recognized the fundamental conceptual crisis in medicine and became one of the pioneers of systems medicine, i.e. a complete redefinition of what we actually call a "disease", how we organize medicine and how we use Big Data to heal rather than treat and ideally to prevent diseases.
He is a dedicated, international keynote speaker, podcaster, YouTuber and initiator of the German patientenwiewir.de patient platform. One of his hobbies is sports. For a long time, he was a soccer referee. His social engagement at Rotary International and different clubs introduced him to Homeless World Cup and sharpened is awareness and engagement for homeless people. Recently, his interested in sociocritical and political contemporary art recently started him to create his own small oeuvre under the concept of realitychanges.de, which has been selected for several solo and group exhibitions

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The end of medicine as we know it - and why your health has a future

  • Authors: Harald H.H.W. Schmidt

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95293-8

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-95292-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-95293-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 291

  • Number of Illustrations: 34 b/w illustrations

  • Additional Information: English translation of the original German edition published by Plassen-Verlag, Kulmbach, 2021

  • Topics: Pharmacy, Public Health, Clinical Medicine, Health Care, Health Economics, Biomedical Research

Buying options

eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-95293-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)