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Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,946 ratings  ·  204 reviews
A Science Friday pick for book of the year, 2019

One of America's top doctors reveals how AI will empower physicians and revolutionize patient care

Medicine has become inhuman, to disastrous effect. The doctor-patient relationship--the heart of medicine--is broken: doctors are too distracted and overwhelmed to truly connect with their patients, and medical errors and mi
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Basic Books (first published 2019)
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Isil Arican
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
As an MD who now works on Healthcare IT field, I should start by telling that I am a big fan of Eric Topol and admire his vision in many ways. I read his previous books, follow him on twitter and watched him live multiple times in various events. When I was a TED translator, I translated couple of his TED talks to Turkish ( and he even acknowledged it in a signed book when I met him). So I started to read this with a huge positive bias obviously.

I liked the book overall. He is giving a nice summ
Manzoor Elahi
Critics hailed Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think as a vision of future for big data. But a lot of it turned out to be hype. I see the same hubris in health care AI. Take IBM Watson for example, IBM Watson still hasn't delivered much in health care. (https://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/...)

We have seen the mess created by "move fast and break things" philosophy. The way I see it, Deep medicine might be the "move fast and break things" in health care.

India M. Clamp
Oct 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
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May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very up to date and well researched book on the world of AI and its application in medicine.
For someone with little knowledge about AI like myself, it gives a quick overview of AI, in what sectors AI tools are being used, and then proceeds to talk about its application within different branches of medicine, but also within other related areas such as drug discovery, omics and mental health.

At the same time he also touches on issues of empathy in medicine and the patient-doctor relationship.

Ardon Pillay
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
With vast mountains of data generated every day, the medical profession is ripe for the application of deep learning to transform its very landscape.

From bringing precision medicine to life to improving the utility of electronic health records systems, the potential of AI to improve medicine for doctors and patients alike is extraordinary.

The potential disruptive changes this might bring are also considered in the book, particularly with regards to the cries that we should stop training all rad
Wesley Pigg
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eric Topol does a great job giving a broad overview of AI and the implications for healthcare. I appreciated that he was able to talk broadly whilst also giving specific examples. I also liked that I did not need to know much about artificial intelligence.

He starts by explaining the issues with the healthcare systems of today, which he sums up with the saying ‘shallow medicine’ - insufficient time, connection, data, and context in our consultations. He then describes artificial intelligence and
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well researched, eye-opening and fascinating. AI is the future of medicine and I think we need to embrace it and make sure that patients get the most out of it.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
One way to describe modern medicine is "shallow". This book explores how AI would actually deepen in and how we should not be afraid of what it can bring to the table. ...more
Kirsten Angeles
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bubbles
Initially picked this up just to get a better context on where medicine is going, but ended up learning a little more, about the progression of AI and even Topol’s reflections on being a personal doctor.
Jan 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books, scribd
Really interesting, full of deep thought about AI in medicine.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ultimately, this is an optimistic book. "The greatest opportunity offered by AI is not reducing errors or workloads, or even curing cancer: it is the opportunity to restore the precious and time-honored connection and trust—the human touch—between patients and doctors."

There's detail on what machine learning can do right now. That includes diagnosis from radiography, virutal medicine (telemedicine and chatbots), personalisation of healthcare, diet, mental health, and AI as a tool for use by the
Tor Alm
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Topol has written a sweeping and well-rounded book about AI in medicine today. This book is for everyone currently in the healthcare system or working in the field of AI. It is also a great book for someone that generally wants to learn more about the intersection of the two.

I found Topols writing and argumentation easy to follow and the book balances the intriguing possibilities of new AI methods in medicine with the current (lack of) clinical trials and testing.

The breadth of the book, touch
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eric Topol is always interesting be it a book, an interview, a podcast or on Twitter. On Twitter to me he wins the MVT award for most valuable tweeter.

This is I believe the third book of his that I’ve read. I am not a novice to AI/ML and I lecture on these topics.

This is a very thorough book. Almost every page is filled with information worth checking out even further. It covers the current state of AI in medicine thoroughly. From journal articles to companies carrying out the efforts I can’t s
Peter Tillman
Nice review at Science magazine: https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/20...
"Eric Topol ... is optimistic about the future of health care. In Deep Medicine, he anticipates that new machine learning technologies will improve the precision and accuracy of disease diagnosis, thus providing a better way to identify the best therapies. ... He hopes that the time freed up by these approaches will be devoted to reviving humane medical practices. ...

The great contribution of this book is that Topol
Martina Pugliese
Nov 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Informative book, it gives a bird's eye overview of the current applications and potential of the use of AI in medicine and how it can be successfully employed to aid human experience and judgement. The book walks through use cases and real events while setting the ground for a future expansion of the field. It is a very useful read not only for those interested in AI in general but also for everyone who wants to learn more about where part of the progress in the medicine and life sciences field ...more
Sachetan Bhat
Aug 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Deep Medicine - though book emphasis on Health care it also covers adducent areas which can be directly influenced by AI. Author Eric Topol , is a renowned practitioner of medicine who has great knack of stepping out of the circle , viewing the subject from outside and providing unbiased commentary on it. He provides a balanced view of the possibility of AI and its limitations.

The essence of the book is covered in the last chapter. It's where the author brings home the thesis about why humans sh
Jan 25, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Topol probably doesn't get much of what Medicine is. He does have a diploma that certifies he has spent the tuition money for the required number of Med School years. And he has a license that makes him a member of a very nasty guild. Not much else.

Topol gets less about healthcare. Of course, like any entitled white male with a higher than average wage, he is convinced he is the angel sent from above to fix the system.

Now, AI, that is something Topol gets less than the other two. Never mind. For
Katie Stein
Apr 03, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book was my first experiment in incorporating a book into my workday. Several times a week or month (depending on how busy things were), I would spend 10 minutes (I even set a timer!) of my workday reading this book, which is relevant to, but slightly adjacent from my work. It took me 7 months to finish it at this rate (and several renewal cycles from the library) but I think ultimately it was a good experience and my work perspective was broadened by reading it. The book itself ...more
Sep 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I read this for a university project but found myself engrossed on a personal level too - while this book is written through a US lens and I’m from the UK, the general messages are still applicable across the systems. It was saddening to see quite how bad the lack of human connection in medicine has gotten, which resonates with my own experience with doctors over the past few years, however the book inspires hope that if we use technology carefully and thoughtfully things could really change for ...more
Tamara Covacevich
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a great book, but for only one read. I would recommend for everyone, as it gives great insights not only about Medicine + AI but also about how medicine is being done nowadays and its shortcomings. The literature review done by the author is impressive, and as someone researching on this topic, it gives a lot of ideas and useful references. I feel like for someone that doesn't know anything about AI it might be still difficult to grasp the ideas (even with the big effort of the author). I l ...more
Apr 14, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Initially I found the tone a little brusque and self satisfied, it seemed like a few concepts early on presumed the reader’s familiarity, and the book proceeded to dive into the technicalities of the subject without much context unlike my previous read which did this better and with more elegant writing.

But the last chapter I found very redeeming in describing what providing medical care and attention to other human patients has (hopefully) temporarily lost and may regain thanks to AI.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate that the author opens up with an example of how AI can be a bad thing in healthcare. It sets the stage for the delicate balance that needs to be considered in this field. Certainly we can't just use computers for cold, sterile diagnoses. Rather, doctors need to spend their time on the patient and augment their medical knowledge with software while improving their empathy.

As our medical technology evolves, it will be crucial that empathy is a key priority. Otherwise, medicine will no
Asya Igmen
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: health-care-nf
Deeply informative. Topol provides a compelling case for ‘deep medicine’ and a comprehensive review of how AI has (and will continue to) impact health care. The examples he shares are concrete, which helps simplify an immensely complex topic. I found it particularly refreshing to read a realistic interpretation of both the opportunity and threat AI poses (aka Topol does a great job disproving oft-cited alarmist claims).

It’s a must for any lay reader working in the health industry (not sure it’s
Stevie Kaschke
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Deep Medicine Eric Topol gives an excellent snapshot of the current state of AI in healthcare. While this book gives a comprehensive current assessment of AI in medicine, Topol spends little time looking into the future or exploring the philosophical implications of this technology. Given the title of this book, I was hoping for more of this future oriented analysis. Still giving it 4 stars as it was well written, well researched, and at least gave cursory thought to the future of AI in healt ...more
Joseph L.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Watch a detailed review along with my favorite ideas and takeaways at:
Bruno Morato
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book of the year for me!
Remarkably insightful and scientifically rigorous.
Ave Mets
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written by a medic, this is a well informed, down-to-earth account of what AI can do for medicine.
This book aggregates a lot of research in the field, so I appreciate the breadth. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it unless you're new to AI and are pretty into the future of healthcare. ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
For all the discussion in this book of technology, AI and machine learning, the big takeaway for me from Deep Medicine is the promise AI holds to cure what ails modern medical practice. Right now burnout is rampant among physicians, they have little time or autonomy, and patients feel unseen, unheard, misunderstood and even uncared for. Done right, AI, will make it possible to restore the doctor-patient relationship and the art and practice of medicine. Fingers crossed!
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found Deep Medicine to be really insightful and an excellent review of recent advances in healthcare AI with interesting examples and takes on the future (a lot of stuff that was only mentioned in passing but still managed to blow my mind). I’m sticking to 4 stars though simply because it didn’t have the accessible, almost storybook feel that for me is the hallmark of a *really* good popular science book. Overall a very decent read but might be a bit dry if this is your first foray into the su ...more
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