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Oct. 28th, 2008 | 09:51 am

When I run into a service provided by humans where I feel mistreated or feel they are incompetent I am left with a strong desire to replace them with code.

I haven't had a good experience with a doctor for many, many, years, nor do I believe I can find one who can actually provide good medical care.

I really suspect that the average family practitioner could be replaced with an expert system. Reduced to its simplest form a doctor examines a list of symptoms, searches for likely causes, tries to find validation for the hypothesis with tests, proposes a treatment, and then sees if the symptoms change. Modern expert systems can handle all of that for known conditions, though they might get confused by unknown conditions though. (Of course many human doctors are also confused by unknown conditions).

Also what an expert system might lose in intuition and ability to sense if a human is lying, they can make up by being constantly monitoring your condition.

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from: aerynvale
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I heard a story on NPR recently talking about how people are often dissatisfied with the way their doctor treats them. What it came down to was the people like it when doctors are nice to them and show compassion. In fact it helps them get better more quickly.

Shocking, I know.

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I'd like it if the doctor in question could remember basic details of my medical history. My experience with other doctors is they've been too bigoted to be willing to help me.

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from: aerynvale
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Bleh, that sucks.

Maybe see if there are some forums around where you can ask about queer-friendly doctors in your area?

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
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If you sign up with Kaiser and don't mind driving to Glendale I am sure you'd like Blinkie's doctor, who is my doctor now. She listens. Ask Blink.

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from: pouchedfox
date: Oct. 28th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
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this reminds me of ELIZA
But yeah I have no doubt that an expert system could handle that knowledge, but it would be less personable.

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 29th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
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It would also be less bigoted. Which characteristic is more important depends on who you are.

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pouched fox

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from: pouchedfox
date: Nov. 21st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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http://www.diagnose-me.com/

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from: remmer
date: Oct. 29th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
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this reminds me of ELIZA

"We were diagnosing you, not me."

:-)

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Oct. 29th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Also what an expert system might lose in intuition and ability to sense if a human is lying, they can make up by being constantly monitoring your condition.

An expert system would also not be flawed with "personal bias", or a lack of time or enthusiasm for diagnosis.

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