Medicine and Silicon Valley: Two Cultures With More In Common Than You Think

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For their part, physicians view many Silicon Valley engineers as frivolous, Tolkien-quoting, unrepentant Trekkies who don’t appreciate the gravitas of illness, who underestimate the human element of medicine, and who promote consumer-focused health applications because they’re too ignorant and fearful to meaningfully engage a system that may be imperfect, but which still manages do to far more good than often appreciated – and arguably a lot more good than Farmville, Angry Birds, or the latest photo-sharing app.


Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?


While it’s important to acknowledge and understand the legitimate differences in perspective that exist, I’d argue it’s at least as important to recognize the remarkable degree of alignment between Silicon Valley culture and medicine as I’ve experienced it. Consider these five domains:

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