MedPage Today May 25, 2024
Robert Pearl, MD

— An adapted excerpt from the new book, ChatGPT, MD

Imagine a ship at sea, its engine idle. The boat drifts dangerously close to the shoals, a mere hundred yards from land. The captain, fearing the worst, radios for help. The lighthouse watchman responds, sending an experienced mechanic named Charlie to the rescue. With a single precise hit of his hammer, Charlie gets the engine roaring back to life.

Thrilled, the captain asks Charlie to send his invoice. A week later, shocked by the $10,000 charge, the captain demands an itemized bill. Charlie complies, sending a new invoice that reads: “Hitting the engine with a hammer: $1; Knowing where to hit: $9,999.”

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