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Excellent article Dr. Claire. People these days search for symptoms of a disease over internet and after few minutes of research come to a conclusion about the disease they are suffering from…. as if they are doctors themselves. Some even start self medication. I wonder if its costly heath care or over confidence, or ignorance that is making people experiment with their and their children’s life. Its time to force available over internet to comply with some guidelines.
@Lavanay: Force guidelines? By the same FCC that just sold the internet to the service providers? I wouldn’t bet on any forced guidelines being in the best interest of consumers. And, if indeed self-diagnosis is a result of poverty, how do forced guidelines help? You may have noticed that not all doctors/medical treatment facilities agree on the correct diagnosis and treatment for many common illnesses. So who is going to author and enforce these guidelines? I just listened to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us by Professor Steven Novella, issued by Great Courses. I recommend it.
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