Brad McLean, editor of Medical Observer, writes:
What will medicine look like in the year 2050? More than 1000 GPs shared their predictions in Medical Observer’s reader survey, and there were some surprising results.
If their views are accurate, the landscape of medicine is set to radically in the next four decades: advances in genomics will see the rise of highly personalised medicine, automated point-of-care machines will see patients diagnosed within minutes (without the presence of a doctor), and tablet computing will see the humble GP stepping outside their practice more often.
And while they are optimistic that some cancers and HIV/AIDS will be curable by 2050 and that organ regeneration will become a viable option – they also warn of a growing burden of mental illnesses.
But what do they most hope for in the future?
Better scanning, imaging and other diagnostic devices topped the wish-list.
In fact, 45 GPs were very specific – they wanted the Tricorder device from the Star Trek series to become a reality.
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