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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 15

Disrupting Medical Care

Realizing Predictive Health

MEDICAL CARE IS preoccupied with disease. People do not usually go to see a doctor unless they are sick. And doctors are not very interested in people who are well. It is the fascinating cases—“fascinomas” in medical student lingo—that mesmerize them. Has a conversation among doctors (or health-care professionals of any stripe) ever included someone exulting over the experience of caring for a totally healthy person? No. It is always disease that dominates those conversations. People are often defined by their disease (the cystic fibrotic, the hypertensive, the diabetic), or even equated to it (the meningitis up on 2C). That has to change, or we will not get healthier, and we will ...

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