It’s a widely held belief that eventually all living human doctors will be replaced by robots. Some say as soon as 2035. I say, “Why wait? Replace me now!” If the idea of a robot diagnosing and treating — and examining — you and your loved ones seems objectionable, please reconsider. There are actually several advantages of robots over so-called “human” doctors: Doctors are prone to burnout. If a robot burns out, just replace ...

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shutterstock_168921674 1. You don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor, or sit in a crowded waiting room for hours, to get music -- you can just download it instantly from iTunes or pick up an instrument and play it. 2. Music costs far less than a medical office co-pay or out-of-pocket fee-for-service charge. And for many acute conditions, outcomes are probably pretty ...

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shutterstock_192109802 Here is the attitude of ER physicians: "Here are a few pills to hold you out for one or two days. Follow up with your PCP -- he or she should be managing your chronic pain -- not me. Now get out of my ER!" Here is the attitude of PCPs: "I simply don't have the time or expertise to manage chronic ...

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shutterstock_143677375 Most of the doctors I know went into medicine because they really truly wanted to help people. But medicine, long honored as a calling as well as a profession, is facing some tough new challenges. Many doctors are disillusioned or simply burnt out. Others have accepted their fates as interchangeable provider units. The name of the game today is efficiency -- i.e., ...

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