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The Computerized Textbook of Medicine: The development of computer technology and medical databases at Duke Medicine
Medical Center Library & Archives – Level 1
On Display Now
Today it is hard to remember a world without computers, but their value in medicine was not always apparent. As with any new technology, widespread adoption takes time.
Duke University Medical Center has played a crucial role in the development of data science techniques and innovations in medicine and clinical research since the 1960s. This is most clearly evident in the development of the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, but early data science efforts also played a critical role in other departments.
This exhibit explores the history of computation and data science efforts at Duke in context with technological advancements of the twentieth century and similar efforts at other institutions.