People's History of the NHS


The Cost of Technology?

This drawing was made by a seven year old girl. Depicting her visit to a doctors, she portrays herself on the examining table, and the doctor with his back to her, staring at his computer. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association used this to illustrate concerns about how technology can lead doctors to lose the personal connection with their patients.

Elizabeth Toll, ‘The Cost of Technology’, Journal of the American Medical Association, 307(23) (2012), p. 2497 (

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