If I were asked where to locate the essence of physical identity, I would answer without hesitation, “in the immune system,” the part of our physiology tasked with distinguishing each of us from everybody and everything else in the world. The face comes in second. By messing with images of our face, technology messes with who we are. My message here is consistent with my overall view of technology. We need to be deliberate and careful in how we use it, especially when we capture, process, analyze and present images of ourselves.
On October 14, I’ll be doing a keynote address at The Patient and The Practitioner in the Age of Technology: Promoting Healing Relationships, a medical conference at Brown University in Providence, RI. The title of my talk is "Story and Data: Embracing the Past and Creating the Future.”
This piece, Looking Back while Looking Forward, appeared on page 41 of the Fall 2022 issue of Chicago Life Magazine.
Please read this blog version instead of my original piece about monkeypox, published in the summer issue of Chicago Life Magazine. Things are changing very fast in this field. A significant share of the information cited in the first rendition has changed in the two months that have passed since I submitted it in June. This pace of change will no doubt continue for a while. So consider what you read below to be as up-to-date as was possible on August 20, 2022. You can expect that numbers will grow and treatments will evolve. But the underlying principles of the biology and epidemiology of infectious disease should hold up just fine.
This piece, I Did Telehealth When Telehealth Wasn’t Cool , appeared on page 32 of the spring 2022 issue of Chicago Life Magazine. The story starts with my baptism into telehealth in 1991, providing a broad look at telehealth, from the point of view of medicine, economics, history and politics.
I’ve been asking myself since 1991 why it’s taken so long to recognize the effectiveness and efficiency of these technologies. The answer is obvious.
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