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By Joseph A. November

Imagine biology and drugs this present day with out pcs. What may laboratory paintings be like if digital databases and statistical software program didn't exist? might disciplines like genomics also be possible if we lacked the capability to control and manage large volumes of electronic facts? How might sufferers fare in a global absent CT scans, programmable pacemakers, and automatic clinical records?

Today, pcs are a serious section of just about all learn in biology and medication. but, simply fifty years in the past, the research of lifestyles used to be by means of a ways the least digitized box of technology, its dwelling subject material inspiration too advanced and dynamic to be meaningfully analyzed by means of logic-driven desktops. during this long-overdue research, historian Joseph November explores the early makes an attempt, within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, to computerize biomedical examine within the United States.

Computers and biomedical examine at the moment are so in detail attached that it's tricky to visualize whilst such serious paintings was once offline. Biomedical Computing transports readers again to any such time and investigates how pcs first seemed within the learn lab and doctor's workplace. November examines the stipulations that made attainable the computerization of biology—including robust technological, institutional, and political help from the nationwide Institutes of Health—and exhibits not just how electronic know-how remodeled the lifestyles sciences but in addition how the intersection of the 2 resulted in very important advancements in desktop structure and software program layout.

The heritage of this phenomenon has been purely vaguely understood. November's completely researched and full of life research makes transparent for readers the explanations in the back of computerizing the examine of existence and the way that expertise profoundly impacts biomedical learn today.

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