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    Default bio-mechanical units?

    I don't think "bio-mechanical" units is a common expression in the states, but I guess the meaning here is "some robot-like, uniformed". What do you think?

    ex)The goal of medicine as it is currently practiced is to develop procedures and drugs that work equally well on all patients, regardless of gender, age, or genetics. It derives from the prevalent belief that all of us are similar
    bio-mechanical units that rolled off the same assembly line ― a most imperfect conception of human beings that limits conventional medicine’s effectiveness. The doctor of the future, however, needs to practice medicine in fundamentally different ways.

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    Default Re: bio-mechanical units?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I don't think "bio-mechanical" units is a common expression in the states, but I guess the meaning here is "some robot-like, uniformed". What do you think?

    ex)The goal of medicine as it is currently practiced is to develop procedures and drugs that work equally well on all patients, regardless of gender, age, or genetics. It derives from the prevalent belief that all of us are similar
    bio-mechanical units that rolled off the same assembly line ― a most imperfect conception of human beings that limits conventional medicine’s effectiveness. The doctor of the future, however, needs to practice medicine in fundamentally different ways.
    No, it simply means "biological/mechanical". You can only derive "robot-like" from the context. It means we all behave the same way biologically and mechanically.

    By the way, I agree with the quote. Under current 'scientific' Evidence Based Medicine, I can swear black and blue that a certain drug works for my condition (pain, let's say), and a doctor only has to show that it hasn't been proven in controlled trials to work consistently, so I must be wrong, and he won't prescribe it.
    Where did you find the quote?

    Where did you find it?

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    Default Re: bio-mechanical units?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it simply means "biological/mechanical". You can only derive "robot-like" from the context. It means we all behave the same way biologically and mechanically.

    By the way, I agree with the quote. Under current 'scientific' Evidence Based Medicine, I can swear black and blue that a certain drug works for my condition (pain, let's say), and a doctor only has to show that it hasn't been proven in controlled trials to work consistently, so I must be wrong, and he won't prescribe it.
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    Where did you find it?
    It's a question of a highschool mock-up tests, I don't know where it's from, but maybe the teachers who made the questions extracted from various sources. We can probably find it on internet. Thanks for your explanation!

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    Default Re: bio-mechanical units?

    It's common in SF.
    Biomechanoid units attacked. Half man, half machine, like Arnold the Terminator.

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    Default Re: bio-mechanical units?

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    It's common in SF.
    Biomechanoid units attacked. Half man, half machine, like Arnold the Terminator.
    Yes, but that wasn't the word.

    "Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of mechanics"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biomechanics

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