Are robots, e-mail, and telemedicine further depersonalizing medicine?

“‘This is a triumph of the model of medicine that has abandoned the idea of personal interaction and providing comfort in favor of a model of the patient-physician interaction as essentially an exchange of information,’ said David Magnus, a Stanford University bioethicist. ‘You can see a face, but there’s no touch, no laying on of hands, no personal contact. We’re increasingly isolating people in a sea of technology.'”

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