People's History of the NHS


A computer-headed doctor

Developments in computing provided many benefits to clinicians and patients, but were also the cause of much concern. This cartoon accompanied an article in the Guardian, which stated that: ‘One fine day we’ll look round and find computers are making all our medical decisions for us, they’ll be sorting our medical notes, telling us when to come for our next appointment, ordering all the tests, then putting on their half-moon spectacles and advising us in a Scottish accent whether to have an operation or not’.

Cartoon: Jac Depczyk, in Dr John Collee, ‘Nurse, the screens’, Guardian, 24 October 1993, p. 8.

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