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Join Medscape editor-in-chief Eric Topol, MD, and master storyteller and clinician Abraham Verghese, MD, as they interview experts on the hottest topics in healthcare ranging from COVID-19 to social determinants of health to bringing humanity back to medicine.

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    • 4.4 • 58 Ratings

Join Medscape editor-in-chief Eric Topol, MD, and master storyteller and clinician Abraham Verghese, MD, as they interview experts on the hottest topics in healthcare ranging from COVID-19 to social determinants of health to bringing humanity back to medicine.

    Wisdom From a Scottish GP: The Lost Art of Convalescence

    Wisdom From a Scottish GP: The Lost Art of Convalescence

    The final Medicine and the Machine podcast guest, physician and author Gavin Francis, shares his approach to keeping his occupation rewarding and satisfying.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    Gavin Francis, MBChB (Hons), BSc (Hons), Department of Primary Care, Edinburgh University; General Practitioner, Department of Primary Care, Community Clinic, Edinburgh
    Free For All. https://www.gavinfrancis.com/books/free-for-all-why-the-nhs-is-worth-saving/
    Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence. https://www.gavinfrancis.com/books/recovery/
    Adventures in Human Being. https://www.gavinfrancis.com/books/adventures-in-human-being/
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    Medscape's Chief Cardiology Correspondent Dr John M. Mandrola's This Week In Cardiology
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    Discussions on topics at the core of cardiology and the practice of medicine with Dr Robert A. Harrington and guests on The Bob Harrington Show
    https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington
    For questions or feedback, please email: news@medscape.net

    • 30 min
    His Rare Disease's Cure Was Sitting on the Pharmacy Shelf

    His Rare Disease's Cure Was Sitting on the Pharmacy Shelf

    He's alive thanks to a repurposed drug. Now his dream is to find cures for millions of people from among drugs we already have.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Director, Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Chasing My Cure. https://chasingmycure.com/
    His Doctors Were Stumped. Then He Took Over. - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/business/his-doctors-were-stumped-then-he-took-over.html
    Every Cure. https://everycure.org/
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    Discussions on topics at the core of cardiology and the practice of medicine with Dr Robert A. Harrington and guests on The Bob Harrington Show
    https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington
    For questions or feedback, please email: news@medscape.net

    • 37 min
    Physicians: Shape Your AI Future or Someone Else Will

    Physicians: Shape Your AI Future or Someone Else Will

    Dr Eric Topol discusses the present and future of AI in medicine with historian and futurist Dr Adam Rodman.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    Adam Rodman, MD, MPH, Instructor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-director, iMED Initiative, Department of Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
    SHORT CUTS: MEDICINE, Navigate Your Way Through Big Ideas, Adam Rodman, MD, MPH; ISBN: 9781785789946. https://iconbooks.com/ib-title/short-cuts-medicine/
    Bedside Rounds podcast. http://bedside-rounds.org/
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    https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington
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    • 27 min
    Left-Digit Bias and Other Random Acts of Medicine

    Left-Digit Bias and Other Random Acts of Medicine

    A new book reveals how chance can change the course of a person's health, life, and death.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    Abraham Verghese, MD, Physician, author, and educator; Professor and Vice Chair, Theory & Practice of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California
    The Covenant of Water, Abraham Verghese, MD; https://www.abrahamverghese.org/books/
    Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, Joseph P. Newhouse Professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    Random Acts of Medicine. Anupam B. Jena and Christopher Worsham. Penguin Random House. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/708150/random-acts-of-medicine-by-anupam-b-jena-md-phd-and-christopher-worsham-md/
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    https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington
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    • 39 min
    How the Modern ICU Was Galvanized By a Polio Epidemic

    How the Modern ICU Was Galvanized By a Polio Epidemic

    The medical and dental students who kept polio patients alive by hand-ventilating them around the clock are among the cast of characters in this incredible story.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    Hannah Wunsch, MD, MSc, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Toronto; Staff Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    The Autumn Ghost, Hannah Wunsch, MD; https://greystonebooks.com/products/the-autumn-ghost
    Why we can thank a polio emergency for the birth of intensive care; Nature 618, 234-235 (2023), Eric Topol; https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-023-01830-3
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    • 34 min
    Bob Wachter's Viral Tweet and Thoughts on AI in Medicine

    Bob Wachter's Viral Tweet and Thoughts on AI in Medicine

    The gig was up, but when he finally got COVID, it was pretty far down on his ER problem list.
    This podcast is intended for US healthcare professionals only.
    To read a full transcript of this episode or to comment please visit:
    https://www.medscape.com/features/public/machine
    Eric J. Topol, MD, Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute; Professor of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape
    Abraham Verghese, MD, Physician, author, and educator; Professor and Vice Chair, Theory & Practice of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California
    The Covenant of Water, Abraham Verghese, MD; https://www.abrahamverghese.org/books/
    Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
    https://twitter.com/Bob_Wachter
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    https://www.medscape.com/author/bob-harrington
    For questions or feedback, please email: news@medscape.net

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

RKKiddienurse ,

AI and….

Interesting and thought-provoking : re: AI and decreasing the doctors’ workload. What about nurses? Re: hospital at home idea: As nurse who has done pediatric home care, I understand the benefits of having the patient at home with nurses providing the care-giving parents a break-to go to work, school, and/or sleep through the night. This “hospital at home” sounds like a win-win situation for the patient and the hospital; however, the discussion re: implementation are a little fuzzy-especially as it relates to the complex patient (IVs, medications, monitors, and other equipment). Having a doctor, nurse, respiratory therapist visit periodically isn’t the same as having them there as they would be in a hospital or other healthcare facility. It sounds as though the patient needs a spouse, partner, or other adult who is willing and able to take on all these responsibilities. Will that person have to stop working outside the home, take care of children, shop, clean? What about documentation? Will the home have a computer connected with the hospital’s EHR? Will a family member be sued for forgetting to give a medication or doing something wrong?? I’m assuming that the hospital will still get paid (while the majority of the care is done by the family.)

nbolay ,

Dangerous

The “Rogue” episode alone is enough to justify a one star. Experts who state “I know the truth” on complex rapidly evolving medical situations should be exposed as the problem. Anyone who disagreed with them is a problem. Only the “experts” have a right to speak up. Those of you who are not in our club, just be quiet.
So many of the “truths” once advanced as “settled science” and unassailable are now being re-visited as potentially wrong just like hundreds of medical “truths” that had to be corrected after decades of damage to the public. Those were “truths” imposed on us by medical professional. Everything in medicine is or should be open for discussion and debate.

These two so-called academics rail against ad hominem attacks but never miss an opportunity to attach pejorative adjectives (“right wing”) to those who disagree.
The problem isn’t the perspective of these two—they have a right to be heard….it’s their not so subtle expectation that censorship THEY get to define is needed and justified. They couch it it terms of civility but that misses the fundamental point that they want to stop opposing views.
What justifies this? “We need to protect the reputations of our institutions” and ban what they call intellectual arrogance. Nothing related to Covid rises to the level of certainty of gravity. Stop it.
Freedom of expression can be messy and uncomfortable but Id rather that than the alternative of letting these “learned men” decide for all of us what is mis/dis information requiring the censorship or ridicule they get to impose.

runner rewind ,

One of my fav authors and trusted resources working together!!

What a combo. First episode, Dr Hanna Key, drew me in and Drs Topol and Verghese easy banter and thought-provoking questions will keep me coming back. Thank you both!

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