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TIME Magazine — Medical Insider

Googling Symptoms Helps Patients and Doctors

By Dr. Zachary F. Meisel Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011


This article continues the debate about the value of health care information found on the internet. Dr. Meisel stated “But to debate whether patients should or should not Google their symptoms (which a surprising number of doctors seem to enjoy engaging in) is an absurd exercise. Patients already are doing it, it is now a fact of normal patient behavior, and it will only increase as Internet technology becomes ever more ubiquitous.”

I was diappointed that MEDLINEPlus was not mentioned as a valuable resource in answering consumers’ questions. One of the comments found at the end of the article was written by a colleague Teresa Hartman, who reminds us “Librarians are available to assist in locating evaluated information resources that are suited to the question at hand.”

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