Several new books have recently made a buzz in pop culture focusing on the high and ‘low’ tech of health care innovation. But seat belts everyone – even the experts can get it wrong. Exhibit A: a doctor not seeing the trees through the forest when writing a book as a high tech guide to new medical technologies (both up-and-coming and futuristic possibilities).
Dr. William Hanson comes from a high-tech background as an anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. Yet, his book asserts that fluctuations in blood sugar cause diabetes. The NYT article attributes this to editor’s having problems keeping pace with Dr. Hanson, but is this so? It is shocking to see something like this, a book on “high tech” health care innovations be so low tech in terms of basic information. While the target audience of this book is more likely to be more educated and more familiar with diabetes, we all know that there are many doctors and endocrinologists – even those well-educated – who unfortunately aren’t up to speed on diabetes 101.
The reviewer from the NYT continues to discuss the carelessness and suggests “if your enthusiasm for the great beyond in health care can survive this caveat – and what is possibly a world’s record for misspellings of ‘principal’ in a single document – then this is the book for you.” (This follows a snide comment to guess whether descriptions of future technology contain similar crucial errors.)