The Impact of Advanced Computing on Medicine

  • W. Witschel
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Computers are used in the medical clinic mainly in connection with laboratory automatization or clinic administration. Examples for the application of advanced computing in medical research are isolated. One reason is the conservative computer policy, which allows only difficult access to a central main-frame for medical students and research workers. This is in contrast to both education and research in the USA, where widely distributed high-level computing with good graphics facilities encourages program use and development in the life sciences. It is no surprise that both hardware and software for in the computational life sciences were developed in the USA, and to a lesser extent in Oxford, Cambridge, Groningen and Brussels. In the USA, BIOCOMP is strongly supported by the NIH and NIH grants, as well as by private foundations. BIOCOMP represents the application of powerful computers with excellent graphics and user-friendly, self-explanatory software to the life sciences. Let me list briefly some examples from medical computations in relation to drugs and clinical pharmacology which I found in connection with the preparation of a technical report to the European Community.


Medical Student Advance Computing Private Foundation Clinic Administration Drug Receptor Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Witschel
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical ChemistryUniversity of UlmUlmGermany

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