Foreword

We are blessed and cursed by technology. Alive in a time unparalleled in the amount of available information and efficiency in any one moment, right at our fingertips, this level of connectedness also leaves us, more than ever, disconnected from each other. This “removal” from the patient is especially true for physicians and clinicians: we have a seemingly ever-increasing set of demands for treating our patients in guidelines and algorithmically based manners, and of course, documenting everything via our heralded (and mandated) electronic medical record.
Forced to choose between facing our computer terminals or our patients as we take their histories, our minds do mental mathematics, algorithms of their own trying to come up with ...

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