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Chapter 29. Online Health > Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting

The biggest warning about online health sites is that referencing an online database can never replace a personal visit to a qualified physician. Although it’s nice to do some research before your appointment, only a physician can render a competent analysis and prescribe an appropriate course of action. Relying on the information available online (and your own research skills) can literally be hazardous to your health—and extremely time-consuming if you’re inclined to hypochondriac tendencies.

Beyond that, know that not all online databases will have the most up-to-date information about new medicines and treatments. When you’re reading about a particular illness, check the date on the article or database entry; if it’s more than a year or so old, continue your search and look for newer information.


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