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In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, examines what he calls medicine’s “Gutenberg moment.” Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology is poised to democratize medicine. In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime in which “the doctor knows best.”

Mobile phones, apps, and attachments will literally put the lab and the ICU in our pockets. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. In spite of these benefits, the path forward will be complicated: some in the medical establishment will resist these changes, and digitized medicine will raise serious issues surrounding privacy. Nevertheless, the result—better, cheaper, and more humane health care for all—will be worth it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dr. Topol’s overriding thesis is that the old days of ‘doctor knows best’ are as good as gone. No longer will doctors control medical data, treatment or profits. Instead, thanks to the newest science, humanity will finally achieve truly democratic health care.”

    New York Times

  • “[Dr. Topol’s] vision is compelling, combining an empowering view of technology with the recognition that medicine requires something more. The best physicians heal even when they can’t cure, Dr. Topol notes, and ‘there will never be algorithms, supercomputers, avatars or robots to pull that off.’”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Cardiologist Topol argues for taking down the boundaries separating the medical and digital worlds, boldly exploring how patients can shape the medicine of the future.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With its many charts, graphs, and citations, this forward-thinking work will appeal to all educated healthcare consumers.”

    Library Journal

  • “A visionary physician predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care. In this work about the changes afoot in the world of medical care, Topol, in this natural follow-up to his previous book, demonstrates the combination of intelligence and ambition that is apparent in his successful medical career…Not content to simply critique the current system (though he does so thoroughly and convincingly), the author strides optimistically into the future of health care…An expertly detailed, precisely documented exploration of the ‘power of information and individualization’ in health care.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Eric Topol, MD, is a professor of innovative medicine, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, and founder of the world’s first cardiovascular gene bank at the Cleveland Clinic. He lives with his family in La Jolla, California.