26 October 2017 (Thursday) - The Perfect Test ?

Here’s something which made me think. Many of my friends say that my job is something akin to the tricorders waved around in Star trek by Doctors Phlox, McCoy, Crusher, Bashir and the EMH, and it is those devices which will ultimately make me redundant.
In Star Trek a physician waves a tricorder over a patien t and it immediately tells all that is wrong with said patient.
Of course, things don’t really work that way.

Here’s an interesting article which outlines just how difficult it is to assess the damage done by smoking. No test gives a cut-and-dry answer to what the doctors actually need to know…

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