Humanities in Medicine| Volume 58, ISSUE 4, P698-702, April 2020

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Frankenstein in the Emergency Department: Doctors, Monsters, Ambition, Progress, and Their Trade-off

  • Richard M. Ratzan
    Reprint Address: Richard M. Ratzan, md, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06102
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
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      When I was asked to review [Frankenstein in the Emergency Department: Doctors, Monsters, Ambition, Progress, and Their Trade-off], I stopped abruptly when I read the following:At that point in my career, instead of focusing on honing my clinical skills, I felt that I could, and had to move on to other goals – achievements that would actually matter to my career in the long run.I had to research; I had to publish and keep up with my colleagues with their umpteenth publication in a peer-reviewed, high-impact factor journal. That was not enough! Artificial intelligence [AI] had entered the realm of medicine, and the latest brouhaha was over AI's ability to replace humans to do better triaging! Had I missed the proverbial boat? … My mind dreamed of a day when doctors would not see another patient, and my inventions would provide the best outcomes.The path was clear as day – my road to success was in the extracurricular activities that I did … From invitations to committees to nominations for chief resident, it felt right, the direction my career was headed – for ‘greater things’ (
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      Frankenstein in the emergency department: doctors, monsters, ambition, progress, and their trade-off.
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