Computers are here to stay. We can have a love/hate relationship with them. They’re great if you love to spend hours surfing the web. They also allow you to instant message your best buddy or e-mail a recipe to your aunt in Florida. At work, a computer can be a hassle; your eyes start to water and your fingers begin to ache. You can’t wait for 5 p.m. to arrive.

If you’ve been to the medical clinic recently, you know that doctors spend time on the computer. But is this true medicine?  Should doctors be spending more time directly with patients (wondering if this or that symptom fits a disease) or more time on the computer? Dr. Pauline W. Chen offers a unique perspective in the New York Times.

Hey, if a computer helps a doctor diagnose a patient, I’m all for it. Just as long as the doctor doesn’t go from a blood pressure chart to YouTube.

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