Why we cannot allow machines to take over


The digitisation of medicine is having a negative impact by eclipsing the human side of medicine, writes Professor Stephen Leeder.

"There are times when the diagnosis announces itself as the patient walks in, because the body is, among other things, a text,” says Professor Abraham Verghese, professor for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University Medical School, California.

Writing in the New York Times (16 May), he adds: “I’m thinking of the icy hand, coarse dry skin, hoarse