Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas: Angela Basinger

I read chapter 9, Precision Medicine, from Kelly and Zach Weinersmith’s Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. This chapter discussed recent developments in the medical field pertaining to the ways in which modern medicine has rapidly improved accuracy in efficiency. Recent scientific discoveries revealed biomarkers found by reading DNA data. Precision Medicine involves new technological “fixes” to genetic disorders as well as treatment for cellular disorders such as cancer. Though precision medicine techniques are regarded by the author’s to be expensive, they are also noted to have long-term preventative effects for patient treatment before a condition is beyond help. I believe that centering on the technological advancements within the medical field would be a good focus for my interview in project three. Relating to oral history, I would like to center my interview questions on topics of emerging medical technology in the recent past and what effects these have had on patients and those working in the medical field. I would like to interview my grandmother, Donita Basinger, who was a case worker and nurse’s aid for many years before retiring, or my mother, Jill Basinger, who is currently a registered nurse working at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane Washington. When deciding between these interview subjects I would consider both my mother’s more direct experience with medical technologies on a day-to-day basis, and my grandmother’s longer span of observations of advancements in the medical field. Aside from choosing between a subject to interview, I would need to consider what question I will ask. My interview questions would be centered around my purpose of exploring medical developments over the past 30 to 40 years. This would include inquiries about how the study of medicine has changed or developed in reaction to these developments and how the proactive of medicine has changed or developed in reaction to these developments. I would consider asking about effects on patients and how the patient/nurse/doctor relationship has changed in reaction to these developments.

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