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The editors examine the ways in which medical technology benefits and hinder society. They argue such questions as the medical technology "curve" and its impact on patient outcomes, the cost of providing cutting edge medical technology to patients, and the government's role in the development and procurement of medical technology. Varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that surround this issue are presented. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.