Deep Medicine | Eric J Topol | Book Review

I was doom scrolling the list of books I’ve read on Goodreads and realised that I haven’t read any book on medicine or biology! And then Goodreads suggested this book to me. And I read it. And here’s the review. And this is the worst possible intro to a blog post.

Title: Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
Author: Eric J Topol
Genre: Non-Fiction | Science | Medicine | Artificial Intelligence
Pages: 400
GR Rating: 4.06
First Published: 12 March 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

Deep medicine talks about the integration of Artificial intelligence in medicine. This book speaks about how AI has impacted the field today, the history of AI in medicine and what it can do in the future.

The book debunks the common fear of “AI will take over our jobs” and replaces it with “AI will allow you to be better at your job”. The book at its core all about helping doctors treat with a human touch.

The book speaks about how doctors these days are unable to focus on patients as much as they should due to the sheer volume of them. AI helps doctors listen and assist doctors in treatment by reducing medical errors, misdiagnoses and help doctors connect with their patients by sharing the burdens of doctors today. This book is about bringing humanity back in “healthcare”.

The book also does a great job of speaking about the limitations and risks involved in using AI. The book speaks about how an AI can recognise patterns far better than humans but it doesn’t understand like humans do which will be something special to humans. The book also speaks of the inherent biases that may be induced in AI as well as the biases in doctors and speaks of how AI and doctors can help each other in harmony.

The book does give hope about how the next generations of doctors can be trained to be human-oriented rather than disease-oriented, thanks to AI and focus on healing patients rather than cure them.

What I really liked about the book: This book has a great pace and I really never got bored for a moment. Each page had something interesting and new and is a treasure box of insights!

What I didn’t like about the book: There’s nothing I can pin point to. It was simply a quite fine book.

My Recommendation

This book is a must-read for anyone! Especially those in the medical industry, or someone in Artificial Intelligence looking to enter into the field of medicine!

This is a book that can perhaps show us how the future of medicine can be!

I Would Rate it:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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