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The internet—friend or foe?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:133
  1. J Bentham, specialist registrar in paediatrics,
  2. P Todd, consultant paediatrician
  1. 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 …

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