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The TED Talks have become a global stage for the world's innovators in the arts and sciences, all in 18 minutes. In this presentation, Stanford's Dr. Abraham Verghese reminds us of the importance of physical observation of and contact with the patient - essential, Vergheses says, in this computer-coordinated and genomic-centered age.

Verghese is a writer as well as a physician, and the role models he presents in this talk from TEDGlobal 2011 recorded in Edinburgh, Scotland  include, not surprisingly, Arthur Conan Doyle and a certain Dr. Joseph Bell...

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