The End of Medicine: How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor

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Harper Collins, Jul 3, 2006 - Business & Economics - 354 pages
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You get sick; you go to your doctor. Too bad. Because medicine isn't an industry, it's practically witchcraft. Despite the growth of big pharma, HMOs, and hospital chains, medicine remains the isolated work of individual doctors—and the system is going broke fast.

So why is Andy Kessler—the man who told you outrageous stories of Wall Street analysts gone bad in Wall Street Meat and tales from inside a hedge fund in Running Money—poking around medicine for the next big wave of technology?

It's because he smells change coming. Heart attacks, strokes, and cancer are a huge chunk of medical spending, yet there's surprisingly little effort to detect disease before it's life threatening. How lame is that—especially since the technology exists today to create computer-generated maps of your heart and colon?

Because it's too expensive—for now. But Silicon Valley has turned computing, telecom, finance, music, and media upside down by taking expensive new technologies and making them ridiculously cheap. So why not the $1.8 trillion health care business, where the easiest way to save money is to stop folks from getting sick in the first place?

Join Kessler's bizarre search for the next big breakthrough as he tries to keep from passing out while following cardiologists around, cracks jokes while reading mammograms, and watches twitching mice get injected with radioactive probes. Looking for a breakthrough, Kessler even selflessly pokes, scans, and prods himself.

CT scans of your heart will identify problems before you have a heart attack or stroke; a nanochip will search your blood for cancer cells--five years before they grow uncontrollably and kill you; and baby boomers can breathe a little easier because it's all starting to happen now.

Your doctor can't be certain what's going on inside your body, but technology will. Embedding the knowledge of doctors in silicon will bring a breakout technology to health care, and we will soon see an end of medicine as we know it.

 

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Contents

Chapter
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Chapter
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Chapter 4
24
Chapter 6
35
Chapter 8
48
Chapter 10
56
Chapter 12
62
Part II
69
Chapter 32
176
Chapter 33
184
Chapter 35
191
PartV
211
Chapter 39
218
Chapter 40
225
Chapter 42
235
Part VI
245

Chapter 15
80
Chapter 18
95
Chapter 20
102
Chapter 21
110
Chapter 23
117
Chapter 24
127
Chapter 25
133
Chapter 28
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Chapter 29
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Chapter 30
163
Chapter 31
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Chapter 44
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Chapter 47
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Chapter 48
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Chapter 49
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Chapter 52
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Chapter 54
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Chapter 55
308
Critical Path
311
Chapter 58
324
Acknowledgments
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After turning $100 million into $1 billion riding the technology wave of the late 1990s, Andy Kessler recounted his experiences on Wall Street and in the trenches of the hedge fund industry in the books Wall Street Meat and Running Money (and its companion volume, How We Got Here). Though he has retired from actively managing other people's money, he remains a passionate and curious investor. Unable to keep his many opinions to himself, he contributes to the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and lots of Web sites on a variety of Wall Street and technology-related topics, and is often seen on CNBC, FOX, and CNN. He lives in Silicon Valley like all the other tech guys.

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