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Hospitals try high-tech to better inform patients
San Francisco Chronicle

Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being “put under” with anesthesia.

Remarkably, he found comfort in a computer. A soothing woman’s voice explained the operation step-by-step, its risks and benefits, and even answered his questions. Noble’s phobia vanished. The operation to remove his tumor was uneventful and Noble is doing fine.