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New York University School of Medicine
New York, N. Y.

Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(3):653-655. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-70-3-653
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The cover of a new British paperback on computers in medicine* is adorned by a diagram of a ferrite-core type of computer memory. In its center is a window through which a caduceus peeks. The caduceus is positioned far away (the drawing's perspective tells us this), and the spiralling snake looks wary. Is he a prisoner? He is certainly encircled, and the embrace is not that of love.

Am I over-interpreting? Likely. Projecting? Certainly. But not idiosyncratically so. My prejudices are shared, if not by the artist who drew the picture, by many physicians, whether innocent of computing or not-so-innocent.


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