The Engines of Hippocrates: From the Dawn of Medicine to Medical and Pharmaceutical Informatics / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $98.51
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 20%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $98.51   
  • New (5) from $98.51   
  • Used (1) from $108.57   


Encouraging the understanding of humans and disease down to the molecular level, The Engines of Hippocrates presents the hands-on perspective of authors Robson and Ekins as they explain the history and techniques of, and assess the potential for, information-based medicine to improve the costs, efficiency, and practice of pharmaceutical and medical science. Covering a broad range of topics, the book presents scientists pursuing drug research and development as well as principal investigators, principal scientists, and research directors with timely topics that are impacting the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"We should not throw a stone to the authors for not having limited the subject of this book to the necessity of digital records running on computers for patients rightly waiting for a personalized healthcare. Rather, the reader will also enjoy the large spectrum of knowledge delivered through innumerable digressions hopefully made re-accessible through a generous index. Written with a witty journalistic style, this book lets itself read like a novel rich in unexpected developments."
Jean Garnier, Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Review

"In this book, Robson and Baek, both experts of the interface between medicine and computer, led the reader to a journey encompassing many disciplines. Though daunting at first, one cannot help appreciate the perspective from history, health, philosophy, economy, mathematics and IT. As history has shown, IT, along with many other drug discovery technologies, contributed to the golden age of the drug industry signified with the era of blockbuster drugs. In today's environment with the paucity of blockbuster drugs, one cannot help to wonder if drug discovery technologies including IT should be attenuated or extenuated.
This book could not be out at a more opportune time. Americans are now burdened with the crushing weight of healthcare cost. One of the cost-saving measures, recognized by both President Obama and the Congress, is digitization of medical records. In addition, this book also covers topics such as patent-based drug design, pharmacogenomics, medical vigilance, and many other gems. It is a tribute to the authors' remarkable breadth of knowledge and organizational skills to assemble them together. Anyone interested in health care, especially the ones interested in pharmaceutical informatics, would benefit from reading this book."
Jie Jack Li

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

BARRY ROBSON is Director of Medical Research and Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Evidence Based Medicine at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, and CEO of The Dirac Foundation, formed with the permission of Nobel laureate Paul A. M. Dirac's widow to promote understanding of the value of theoretical physics in human and veterinary medicine. Until recently, he was Chief Scientific Officer of IBM Global Healthcare and Life Sciences, and then Global Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and previously, Strategic Advisor at IBM Research headquarters.

O. K. BAEK is a Senior Solutions Architect at IBM, specializing in healthcare and with a passionate interest in the benefits and long-standing logic of Oriental medicine. He is particularly interested in the development of novel architectures for sharing and using medical information securely, and in translational research, the matter of rapidly delivering the results of medical research and genomics to enhance everyday clinical decisions.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


About the Authors.

1 A Short Preview of Mankind, Medicine, Molecules, and Machines.

2 From Prehistory to Hippocrates.

3 The Road to the New Medicine.

4 The Imminent Challenge: Medicine as an Industry.

5 The Next Decade: Personalized Medicine and the Digital Patient Record.

6 Enforcing your Rights: Medical Ethics, Consent, Privacy, and IT.

7 Holistic Medicine and IT.

8 Architecting It All.

9 Guardian Angels: Knowing Our Molecules, Drug and Vaccine Design, Medical Decision Support, Medical Vigilance and Defense.

10 What Next? At One with the Engines of Hippocrates.


Clinical Trial Terms.

Notes, Bibliography, and Further Reading Guide.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)