Your doctor's secret: He Googles

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 11/11/2006 - 04:33

If you've ever Googled your medical symptoms before going to the doctor, don't be shy about telling him or her your discovery. Chances are, your physician is digging up health information in exactly the same way.

Doctors are increasingly tapping the Internet for health-related information, and the search engine Google can help physicians diagnose difficult medical situations, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

When the doctors selected three to five search terms for 26 difficult cases published in a medical journal, Google spit out the correct diagnoses for 58 percent of them, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, lymphoma, Churg-Strauss syndrome, Brugada syndrome and cat scratch disease.
Article here.