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It may already seem like medicine is overflowing with sub-specialties and sub-sub-specialties, from urogynaecology to paediatric nephrology. Well, brace yourself. There’s another on the way: medical virtualism. 

According to doctors writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this will be a new sub-specialty devoted to telehealth. 

Medical virtualists will almost exclusively practise using video-link, or perhaps virtual reality.

It may sound like the pipe dream of a

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