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Foreword preface Part I. Overview: 1. The machine at the bedside: technological transformations of practices and values Part II. Scientific Dimensions of Technology: 2. Penetrating the black box: physical principles behind health care technology 3. Biological bullets: side effects of health care technology Part III. Creation and Dissemination of Technology: 4. The engineering-industrial innovations: clinical diffusion of health care technology 5. Embracing or rejecting innovations: clinical diffusion of health care technology Part IV. Organizing Technology in Clinical Settings: 6. Technology' front line: the intensive care unit 7. Action with dispatch: technology in the emergency department Part V. Applying Technology in Clinical Practice: 8. The unwanted suitor: law and the use of health care technology 9. The machine and the marketplace: economic considerations in applying health care technology 10. The technological strategist: employing techniques of clinical decision making 11. The technological target: involving the patient in clinical choices 12. Does technology work? judging the validity of clinical evidence Case studies Index.