Portable cure

Published: Wednesday 15 January 1997

The revolution in microelectronics that created cellular phones and palmtop computers now allows doctors to take their healing equipments out of the hospital and on to the road. A US-based firm Nonin has developed fully functional electro cardiogram machines, no bigger than a box of chocolates, pocket-sized blood-sample analysers and portable ultrasound machines that fit in a car's dickey. Also, the us Food & Drug Administration recently approved a paperback-size automatic defibrillator that can quickly shock a stopped heart back into normal rhythm.

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