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Dr. Morris Collen dies at 100; champion of computer use in medicine
Dr. Morris Collen dies at 100; champion of computer use in medicine

In a medical career that spanned more than 70 years, Dr. Morris Collen was often ahead of his time. He was one of the first doctors in the country to administer penicillin and was a founding partner of the Permanente Medical Group, now the nation's largest medical group. He began introducing computers into that health system's medical practice in the 1960s — 20 years before luminaries such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs became household names. Collen, 100, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif. His death was reported by his longtime employer, Kaiser Permanente. "He was always at the cutting edge," said Dr. Robert Pearl, Permanente Medical...

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