Online Medical Advice Can Be a Prescription for Fear – NYTimes.com

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The gist: avoid the drug-company financed, poorly written, overly hysterical WebMD for the sound information at the “Mayo Clinic’s excellent site”:http://www.mayoclinic.com/, including their “Symptom Checker”:http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/symptom-checker/DS00671.

bq. If you’re looking for the name of a new pill to “ask your doctor about,” as the ads say, the Mayo Clinic Health Information site is not the place for you. If you’re shopping for a newly branded disorder that might account for your general feeling of unease, Mayo is not for you either. But if you want workaday, can-do health information in a nonprofit environment, plug your symptoms into Mayo’s Symptom Checker. What you’ll get is: No hysteria. No drug peddling. Good medicine. Good ideas.

via Online Medical Advice Can Be a Prescription for Fear – NYTimes.com.