The internet—friend or foe?BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.133 (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:133
- J Bentham, specialist registrar in paediatrics,
- P Todd, consultant paediatrician
- Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral
Most of us feel at least a little apprehensive when a patient or parent begins: “I was looking on the internet, and I found…” Experience has shown that information fished from cyberspace has often been inaccurate or alarmist, but one recent patient challenged our scepticism. What follows is a mother's account of a correct internet diagnosis.
“I was worried about Andrew's thirst and couldn't understand how he could consume so much liquid, so I used the …