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Selected Articles

How Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers

The New York Times | May 2018

The threat that electronic health records and machine learning pose to physicians’ clinical judgment — and their well-being.

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The Doctor’s Bag for the New Millennium

The New York Times | October 2012

When I was a medical student in Madras, India, in the late 1970s, my uncle, a retired physician, still made occasional house calls. In his early years he delivered babies in dimly lighted huts, often resorting to high forceps on the head — something that is rarely done now. His compounder — the man who would compound his prescription of mistura carminativa and dispense it in corked glass bottles — carried my uncle’s medical bag. It was almost like a trunk — a mobile office.

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Going on Faith

The New York Times Magazine | May 2012

(Abraham Verghese recently went back to India to a place where he had enjoyed many happy visits with his grandparents during his youth.) The morning I arrived in Trivandrum, the capital of the south Indian state of Kerala, I met my friend Vinita, a HIndu, who promoised to accompany me on a visit to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, a place that is generally off limits to nonbelievers?

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Abraham Verghese describes his writing life

Washington Post | December 2011

I write by stealing time. The hours in the day have never felt as if they belong to me. The greatest number has belonged to my day job as a physician and professor of medicine?

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Treat the Patient, Not the CT Scan

The New York Times | February 2011

The other day as I walked through a wing of my hospital, it occurred to me that Watson, I.B.M.’s supercomputer, would be more at home here than he was on “Jeopardy!” Perhaps it’s good, I thought, that his next challenge, with the aid of the Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will be to learn to diagnose illnesses and treat patients.

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A smart new book says social cures can solve the world?s problems

Newsweek | March 2011

We are such creatures of habit that often nothing will sway us from a bad or even a self-destructive one. Or, as Tina Rosenberg says in her new book, Join the Club, “No amount of information can budge us when we refuse to be budged.

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