Long-Term Trends in Health Care: The Post-Physician Era Reconsidered

Part of the Health Systems Research book series (HEALTH)


In 1976 I wrote The Post-Physician Era 1 in which I predicted that within 50 years, physicians — that is, doctors who diagnose and treat illness — will be rendered obsolete by computers and by allied health personnel, whom I called “medics”. I claimed, and still claim, that this development is possible, inevitable and desirable.


Technical Task Clinical Intuition Cardiac Arrythmias Health Care Discipline Ally Health Personnel 
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