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Humanity is evolving rapidly from a biological entity to a mixture of biological and technical complex species, where the result of biological activity in the form of human intelligence adopts the shape and functions of technological objects. This is why our species could be called “human technical” rather than simply “homo sapiens.” Medicine is one of the pretechnological characteristics of our species, a specificity by which some individuals develop a special empathy toward their peers and acquire anticipatory insight and knowledge of facts they apply to counsel consulting people in need. The other part of the medical dyad, i.e., the suffering person, goes to the healing man or doctor for relief, material solutions of psychological comfort. The essence of medicine has not changed since Hippocrates or even earlier times in its inclusion of somewhat magic expectations put by the patient into a transcendental entity and its revelation by some minister or a knowledgeable and empathic physician.

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Simini, F. (2018). Introduction. In: Simini, F., Bertemes-Filho, P. (eds) Bioimpedance in Biomedical Applications and Research. Springer, Cham.

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