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The Side Effects of Googling Your Symptoms

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When people discover an unusual pain or rash on their body, Dr Google is probably first on the scene. Quick access to medical information can be helpful, but one byproduct of online self-diagnosis is a gasp of horror in response to the possible diseases associated with a person’s symptoms. A minor bruise easily turns into days of worry and a visit to the doctor’s office. The question is: Could googling your symptoms…




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Erman Misirlisoy, PhD

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