The Engines of Hippocrates: From the Dawn of Medicine to by Barry Robson

By Barry Robson

A distinct, integrative examine information-based medication

The convergence of scientific technology, biology, pharmacology, biomedical engineering, healthcare, and knowledge expertise is revolutionizing clinical and medical perform, and has broader social implications nonetheless being understood. The Engines of Hippocrates offers a different, integrative, and holistic examine the hot paradigm of information-based drugs, protecting a vast variety of themes for a large readership.

The authors take a complete procedure, analyzing the prehistory, historical past, and way forward for drugs and scientific know-how and its relation to details; how historical past resulted in such present-day discoveries because the constitution of DNA, the human genome, and the self-discipline of bioinformatics; and what the long run result of those discoveries may well carry. Their far-ranging perspectives are their very own and never unavoidably these of the IBM company or different employers.

The Engines of Hippocrates is helping readers comprehend:

  • Forces shaping the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries this present day, together with customized drugs, genomics, information mining, and bionanotechnology
  • the connection among pharmaceutical technology this day and different disciplines similar to philosophy of health and wellbeing, historical past, economics, arithmetic, and desktop technology

  • The built-in position replacement and non-Western medicinal drugs might play in a brand new, information-based medication

  • sensible, moral, organizational, technological, and social difficulties of information-based medication, in addition to a singular data-centric computing version and a self-adaptive software program engineering version, and corresponding info expertise architectures, together with views on sharing distant facts successfully and securely for the typical stable

An unequalled, cross-disciplinary point of view at the great photograph of this present day and tomorrow's medication, The Engines of Hippocrates presents a connection with readers either in and out the pharmaceutical and clinical groups, in addition to a peerless school room complement to scholars in a large choice of disciplines.

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Beyond 2020, unless there are profound changes in computing based on subtle analysis of the thermodynamic principles deduced in the industrial revolutions, heat will become an even bigger challenge as in the distant future the mass of the world becomes converted more and more to computer processors. In addition to the heat, we also need to deal with the electric power required by the massive number of processors. A supercomputer of million processors will require 100 megawatts of electricity as an Intel Pentium processor takes 100 watts at the time of writing this book.

Implanted) and external computing devices all communicate and direct the show. Is this blazing technology really what the human race needs? Each of us must assess that for ourselves. But since it seems that wealthy nations will almost certainly take us in the direction of ever-improving medicine, we must be prepared as to how we are going to face it. If this seems at all a disconnect from our inherent sense of our humanity, the reader may be pleased to learn that we are also going to explore a little the role of alternative medicine, that is, alternatives to current mainstream medicine that are often considered more caring and respectful of the patient, 20 PREVIEW OF MANKIND, MEDICINE, MOLECULES, AND MACHINES and focusing on wellness and disease prevention rather than reacting upon a clinical event, that is, when a symptom of disease presents.

Actually one in every hundred Britons is descended from an African or an Asian, according to a genomic sampling study by Bryan Sykes of Oxford University. Possible sources include African soldiers in the Roman legions, and Moors among the Spanish Armada wrecked by storms on the Irish coast. Such genomic sampling, or genotyping, has become a popular pursuit, though sometimes yielding some unpopular findings. Many people have a view of their ethnicity that they do not easily give up. A staunchly Scottish school teacher who could trace back her British ancestry for 400 years was found to have Polynesian DNA.

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