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The Hard Life of a Medical Futurist: Winter is Coming

I just received some books I plan to read in the next couple of weeks. As I mentioned earlier, in my journey of becoming a medical futurist from a doctor, I need to retrain myself and such books are of great help. Have I missed something from the recently published ones?

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Let Patients Help: A New Book Authored by e-Patient Dave deBronkart

I was very glad to see the new book authored by e-Patient Dave deBronkart, whose thoughts I describe to medical students as a part of the official curriculum at Semmelweis Medical School, just became available.

Medical professionals must let patients help and become equal partners in the treatment! A must-read book!

Concise reasons, tips & methods for making patient engagement effective.
Third book by e-Patient Dave, cancer beater, blogger, internationally known keynote speaker and advocate for patient engagement; co-founder and past co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Profile: http://www.ePatientDave.com/about-dave

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Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care: Book by Mayo Clinic

It’s a great honor for me to be a member of the external advisory board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and when I had a chance to contribute to a book they started to work on, of course, I was in!

The book was just published and it contains great essays about how social media can help bring revolution to healthcare.

That’s the title of our new book, published by the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, and developed in collaboration with members of our External Advisory Board and members of our Social Media Health Network.

We announced the book’s launch this morning during the opening keynote of the 4th Annual Social Media Summit, which we are hosting in collaboration with Ragan Communications.

Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care is available on Amazon ($9.95 Paperback) or in bulk from the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.

From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons: Give-Away Contest

I’m happy to announce a give away contest on Scienceroll. The first person to answer the following question in a comment will get a copy of The Medical Book, From Witch Doctors to Robot Surgeons, 250 Milestones in the History of Medicine. Game on!

In what language was the Hippocratic Oath written?

New Sci-Fi novel Skewers the Singularity: Give-Away Contest

Joe Tripician, an Emmy Award winner producer/writer/director has recently contacted me about his new book, Immortality Wars which focuses on the hypothetical future where artificial intelligence meets human immortality. I love such thoughtful sci-fis and I’m happy to announce a give-away contest of his e-book for the first 5 people leaving a comment on this post.

“Immortality Wars” paints a wicked portrait of the near-future, one where technology’s goals require wars to bring them to creation. In this world human ingenuity is a saving grace, and immortality is not necessarily forever.

My Bookshelf: Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig

I’ve recently started a new series called My Bookshelf in which I post short reviews of the new books I finish. The second book I review is written by fellow blogger and e-patient superstar, Dave deBronkart. First I read the story of Dave years ago, and actually, he is now included in my Internet in Medicine university accredited course. I describe his story to my students as he is THE example of how e-patients can leverage the potential advantages of web 2.0. His recent book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig, How an empowered patient beat stage IV cancer (and what healthcare can learn from it) is just fantastic.

1) I’m sure it’s a golden mine of information for patients dealing with similar health issues; 2) it’s more than useful for doctors who really want to know how they can help their patients even more; 3) it should be a must-read book for policy makers in order to get insights about the lives of empowered patients.

He does not only share his moving and inspirational story, but also shares his opinions on electronic medical records, Google Health, patient communities and also contacting other e-patients. This book will certainly lead the way for the Participatory Healthcare and also for the Medicine 2.0 and Health 2.0 movements. A must-read!

How e-patients can help heal healthcare: New Book

ePatient Dave who shared his story (video below) with my students in the “Internet in Medicine” course this semester, is about to publish his own book, Laugh, Sing, and Eat Like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer.

Now three of his friends wrote essays about this important issue:

We who’ve worked on it hope it will provoke thought about how healthcare is changing because of what e-patients can contribute, empowered as individuals and enabled by the internet. To start that process, we’re publishing the introduction.

Three friends and mentors generously offered introductory essays. These essays they have little to do with my story, and everything to do with how e-patients can help heal healthcare:

My Bookshelf: The Decision Tree

I’m starting a new series here called My Bookshelf in which I will post short reviews of the new books I finish. I’m glad the first book I mention is The Decision Tree by Thomas Goetz, the executive editor of Wired Magazine. I met Thomas during last year’s Science Foo Camp event and he has a unique vision about how healthcare should work. The starting point of the book is that healthcare is one of the few fields where people don’t exactly know what kind of choices they have, how they can make a decision based on facts and reliable information. It’s obvious that they have to be able to access such information so then they can make the best possible decisions (by using properly designed decision trees).

The Decision Tree is one of (if not) the best health-related books I’ve ever read. I hate those books that try to tell me something though essays and musings. What I love is content and information. This book provides a huge amount of interesting content, great stories and also does it in a totally enjoyable way. It certainly creates a new way of thinking about healthcare decisions.

  • Uniqueness of the basic idea of the book: 10/10
  • The way it was written: 10/10
  • Overall score (including price, figures, etc.): 10/10
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