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Changing The Relationship With The Doctor

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There are some medical situations for which the universal response is "you should see a doctor."  One doctor begs to differ, at least in some circumstances. 

Dr. Eric Topol, himself an M.D., says modern technology brings us to a "Gutenberg moment" in medicine.  Your smartphone could take care of many of the basic diagnostic tasks you now get from seeing a physician or nurse. 

Dr. Topol wrote a book on this and other technological breakthroughs: The Patient Will See You Now

He joins us to expand on his ideas for medicine.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.