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A study on diagnostic Googling by physicians, reported in the British Medical Journal, is summarized at

Googling for a diagnosis–use of Google as a diagnostic aid: internet based study

Objective: To determine how often searching with Google (the most popular search engine on the world wide web) leads doctors to the correct diagnosis.

Cases: 26 cases from the New England Journal of Medicine

Results: Google searches revealed the correct diagnosis in 15 (58%) cases.

Conclusion: As internet access becomes more readily available in outpatient clinics and hospital wards, the web is rapidly becoming an important clinical tool for doctors. The use of web based searching may help doctors to diagnose difficult cases.

Does this make you feel better or worse about the medical care you receive?

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