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In the age of machines, doctors must remember to care
San Diego Union-Tribune

As medical science proliferates with technologies, what is left for the doctor to do?

For medical humanist Dr. Abraham Verghese, the answer is simple: Spend more time getting to know your patients as people. Take the time to read a poem and other literature. Do your part to bridge the gap between the two cultures of science and the humanities.

Verghese delivered the closing speech at last week’s Future of Individualized Medicine conference in La Jolla. His talk was meant to put into perspective the meaning of the technologies that otherwise dominated the conference, like genomics, microbiomics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.