Meeting the Challenge — Summary and Formulation
Dr. Tisdale: The term Medical Technology refers to techniques, drugs and integrated systems of these elements that are considered useful in medical diagnosis, therapy and monitoring. It has been noted by several of the speakers that the term and all it implies has to be viewed in historical, cultural and scientific perspectives. As the thermometer was the elite high technology of Wunderlick’s time, so computerized axial tomography seems to be the prototype elite medical technology of the 70’s. What has become abundantly clear, by both assertion and implication, is that the term “imperative” is all too appropriate. What began as simple tools and purely effective extensions of the physician’s personal approach to the patient have, especially in the last 80–100 years, become intrinsic, self-propagating, requisite and almost autonomous elements of today’s biomedicine.
KeywordsMedical Technology Academic Medicine Clinical Science Autonomous Element Defense Department
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