Crunching The Numbers The human brain is a supercomputer unlike anything mankind has ever been able to design. Though technology doubles on itself every eighteen months, much how Moore’s Law describes, it has still yet to reach the potential of the mind. Still, it is ever advancing onward, and scientists believe a “singularity” will come. This singularity will be the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. Thankfully, this event horizon is still several digital twilight hours away. In the meantime, the kind of technological development seen in the 21st century is quickly optimizing medical understanding and procedures by providing practitioners the requisite tools. One of those tools is digital information compendiums kept in blogs and on niche-centered websites. The kind of information available to someone who knows what to look for is essentially endless, giving practitioners more treatment ammunition than ever. Additionally, as discoveries are made, they are more quickly disseminated.
What makes a good physician? When a patient recommends their doctor to someone else, why do they do it? Do they do it because the doctor has a wonderful bedside manner? Do they do it because the doctor is extremely well qualified? Do they do it because the doctor has been to a prestigious medical school? While these reasons may have played a role, they are all incidental. Often enough the patient may not even know much about their doctor’s educational background at all. The primary reason why patients recommend their doctor to family and friends is because the doctor provided an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. In other words, the doctor knew what to do. A knowledgeable doctor is a good doctor.