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Does the internet limit or extend the human mind? Probably both

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5360 (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5360
  1. Richard J Lilford, professor of clinical epidemiology1,
  2. Peter J Chilton, research associate1
  1. 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  1. r.j.lilford{at}bham.ac.uk

Kassirer discussed the way readily accessible information from the internet might affect medical practice.1 Essentially his point was that homing in directly on the required information reduces the chances of serendipitous intellectual discoveries, which may subsequently turn out to be very useful.

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