Science

Math Stumps Your Doctor, Too

Medicine measures risk in terms of statistical probabilities. The human brain struggles with that.

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Medical science is getting more and more like math. There’s big data to parse, genes to sequence, neural networks to model. That means doctors and patients will be receiving less advice and more menus of probability ranges -- the kind of information that tends to turn the human mind to mush.

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