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- DescriptionImagine biology and medicine today without computers. What would laboratory work be like if electronic databases and statistical software did t exist? Would disciplines like gemics even be feasible if we lacked the means to manage and manipulate huge volumes of digital data? How would patients fare in a world absent CT scans, programmable pacemakers, and computerized medical records? Today, computers are a critical component of almost all research in biology and medicine. Yet, just fifty years ago, the study of life was by far the least digitized field of science, its living subject matter thought too complex and dynamic to be meaningfully analyzed by logic-driven computers. In this long-overdue study, historian Joseph November explores the early attempts, in the 1950s and 1960s, to computerize biomedical research in the United States. Computers and biomedical research are w so intimately connected that it is difficult to imagine when such critical work was offline. Biomedical Computing transports readers back to such a time and investigates how computers first appeared in the research lab and doctor's office. November examines the conditions that made possible the computerization of biology - including strong techlogical, institutional, and political support from the National Institutes of Health - and shows t only how digital techlogy transformed the life sciences but also how the intersection of the two led to important developments in computer architecture and software design. The history of this phemen has been only vaguely understood. November's thoroughly researched and lively study makes clear for readers the motives behind computerizing the study of life and how that techlogy profoundly affects biomedical research today.
- Author BiographyJoseph November is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina.
- Author(s)Joseph A. November
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication12/06/2012
- SubjectMedical Nursing & Ancillary Services
- Series TitleJohns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science
- Series Part/Volume Number130
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note17, 17 black & white illustrations
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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