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The computer is here. It has become a part of medicine. We have talked for a day and a half now about some of the applications of computers in medicine, and of the future of at least some of these applications. There is a language problem in communicating with computers, but certainly the future is going to see a medical language, comparable to the scientific language Fortran, built to enable physicians to communicate with the computer. The real advancements in computer application depend at least in part upon active use by physicians of computers. In closing, let me summarize by saying that I feel that the major effects of current research will be to: 1. provide more quantitative information concerning man's physiology especially as it is affected by his environment; 2. provide a classification, storage, and retrieval system for the collected information; and 3. provide more effective means for continuing medical education. It should be emphasized that modern medical research should provide us with the information necessary for physicians to make meaningful decisions concerning the care of their patients, and after all good patient care is the goal of all of medicine.
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