PRECISION MEDICINE: Whats in a Name?!

Written by Meguid El Nahas on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Posted in OLA Blog

PRECISION MEDICINE: Whats in a Name?!

PRECISION MEDICINE, a term that has crept into the medical lexicom that baffles me...

I am told that PRECISION MEDICINE is: "...based on accurate diagnosis and tailored interventions through the use of improved diagnostic tests and clinical data...."

It seems to me that, that is what medicine and physicians have been aiming to do for centuries...they called it "Medicine"...not precise, sophisticated or spun...just medical practice aimed at improved healthcare delivery through improved diagnostic and prognostic methods...

Sadly, the medical profession is drifting towards replacing real medical breakthroughs by "PROMISING LABELS AND NAMES" that mask the fact that little advances are being made...but by using sophisticated names such as PRECISION MEDICINE, the impression is that real advances and breakthrough are being acheived..in other words replacing factual progress by virtual progress...by spun progress!

So lets forget about PRECISION MEDICINE...and stick to good clinical practice...clinical governance...or just MEDICINE!

Meguid El Nahas

Professor Meguid El Nahas PhD, FRCP

Chief Editor, OLA Director

Professor El Nahas was born in Cairo, Egypt and undertook his undergraduate medical education in...

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