The book is saying we have to move from an era in which "medicine is not a science, [but] empiricism founded on a network of blunders" (Desmore) to a "new medicine as a real data science with each individual capable of calling the shots, making the choices." (The Patient Will See You Now," page 290).
Professeur Cabrol, I would like you to meet a patient of the future. He is a MIT engineer, and a brain tumor patient. Here in this cool video, he explains how curiosity saved his life. He had "awake brain surgery" a few months ago.
"The reason why they do this is because they had to cut through healthy brain tissue and they wanted to make sure they are not cutting my language center. (...) I'm talking about random topics while they are cutting out [part of] my brain! (...) It's the weirdest drug experience you can ever have. If any of you are worried about the surgery, it's actually NOT painful. The brain does not have pain receptors inside so I actually enjoyed the surgery, which is a weird thing to say."
OK, so, let me get this straight... This guy has a brain and he does not feel pain. Soooo... that "no brain no pain" thing is not true. If pain receptors are located outside of the brain, can I feel pain if I am brain dead?
I'm sorry, Professor Cabrol. You failed to answer my question.
Dear reader, did you know that French citizens are not allowed to have their genome sequenced? It is forbidden by law (fine, prison). However, consent to "post-mortem" organ donation is written in the French law.
"Post mortem" organ donation, + the "no-brain-no-pain" question = "The Nightmare Before Christmas?"