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Value of Personalized Medicine

Ralph Snyderman, MD1; Caroline Meade, BS1; Connor Drake, MPA1
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1Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;315(6):613. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17136.
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To the Editor A Viewpoint by Drs Joyner and Paneth1 presented 7 questions that challenge the benefits of personalized medicine. The authors discounted the inevitability of progress in the field of genomics, particularly through the algorithmic analysis of multiple data sources. Importantly, their conclusion is based on the premise that personalized medicine is genomic medicine.

Personalized medicine embraces genomic medicine, but it is a great deal more than simply the use of new technologies. Failure to appreciate this difference can limit the development of more rational approaches to health care.

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February 9, 2016
Michael J. Joyner, MD; Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH
1Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University, East Lansing
JAMA. 2016;315(6):613-614. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17142.
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