Chapter 4

Twenty-First-Century Care Should Be Innovative

What will tomorrow’s medical game changers be? Most important, who will bring them into being, and where? The answer to this last question is more than a matter of satisfying curiosity. It could affect the course of people’s health for generations.

The developers of medical game changers can be smart, focused, and sometimes intent on their work to the exclusion of everything else. Take, for example, Dr. F. Mason Sones. This brilliant cardiologist launched the modern era of coronary revascularization in 1956 by developing coronary angiography—a technology that allows doctors to see the blockages in blood vessels that cause chest pains and sometimes heart attacks. Dr. Sones could be difficult ...

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