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Do we really want our medical records to be private? Or does it take a village to cure a person

Two years ago, Harvard genomics guru George Church said the following to me for a profile I wrote of him:

Anytime you see somebody keeping a secret, that’s symptomatic that something’s wrong with the society around them. That means there’s discrimination or worse.

In the lead of that story, I recounted how Church puts his medical records online. Once, in a lecture, a doctor Church did not know stood up and told him he needed to change the dose of his cholesterol medicine. The doctor was right. I kept thinking of that story while reading this great piece on Slate: “How Facebook Saved My Son’s Life.”
In that story...