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Ethics of cybermedicine

August 22, 2007

Gregory Pence is keen on digital technology applied to medical encounters. He describes cases where patients use the Internet to develop shared communities, where they can talk about the illnesses thy suffer in open spaces. He is also concerned that technology often gets a rough deal in the media, where genetics is characterised as Frakenstein science and IT separates people from each other. In Chapter 2 of his book ‘Re-Creating Medicine‘ , he discusses the Doctor-Patient role specifically, suggesting that doctors can use WebMD to find out about conditions they know little about and encourages a dialogue between patients and doctors about these discoveries. As he states:

“Moral informational exchanges, ones that help and empower patients, rather than keep them in the position of passive children, do occure in cybermedicine. Such exchanges humanize both parties involved”

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