Google as a diagnostic tool

Dean Giustini points out this article from BMJ (PDF), and some of the articles from publications that are not medical journals that followed:

GPs should Google diagnosis: study
Ninemsn, Australia

Doctors use Google for diagnosis
Inquirer, UK

Google for a diagnosis

The West Australian, Australia

Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google
The Sunday Times, UK

Can Google Diagnose Illness Better Than Doctors?
Search Engine Roundtable

…and lots more: (Google News Search), (Topix.com search)

Dean writes:

It should come as no surprise to anyone that this week’s study in the British Medical Journal is indicative of just how large Google has become. 3-5 billion searchable medical pages, and 50 billion web pages in total. Used properly, the size, power and speed of Google is one of the fastest diagnostic tools in medicine.

I think it is important to emphasize that the operative phrase of this paragraph is “Used properly.”

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