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Hey John, I agree that the value of the net in medicine has huge potential. Having said that, I agree with the contention that there is no substitute for the 'live' interview. I believe some of the greatest value of the internet will be realized in terms of moving information from one office to the next.

I shudder at the prospect of a radiologist diagnosing a patient based on an image produced and transmitted over the web. Imagine if a faulty graphics card facilitates a misdiagnosis. Or an image is corrupted on the transfer, providing the impetus for more extensive and unnecessary tests. There is no doubt that here in America, HMO's will seize the opportunity as a cost saving measure. It will continue to threaten the Doctor/Patient relationship and perpetuate medical practice that is not concerned primarily with the patient.

Good medicine requires technological breakthrough, one on one interaction, and yes it is expensive.
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