Health

A doctor’s touch: Abraham Verghese on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, and calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 18:32.)

Watch Abraham Verghese’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 1,000+ TEDTalks.