Monday, July 5, 2010

IN THE NEWS --->google as a diagnostician

As we are becoming all savy with the web, google has become our right hand man for diagnosis.
Check out this article by a nephrologist on google as a diagnostic tool.
One instance that everyone sites is the of the medical student at Harvard who was given a constellation of symptoms and he "googled" it and came up with IPEX syndrome.( FOX P3 T cell deficiency).
We all are guilty of doing that in tough cases. I admit I have used it and it has helped in some cases but not all.
Dr.Google can help us but not as perfect as a good nephrologist's knowledge that one acquires by daily reading and seeing cases after cases.
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