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You’ll never walk alone

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1851
  1. Petra Boynton, lecturer in international health services research, University College, London
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    A former BMJ columnist and his co-author deal with the power of social networking in a compelling new book, finds Petra Boynton

    Do you think everything you do is determined by you and you alone? What influence might those around you have on your mental wellbeing? Can a friend of a friend have an effect on your physical health? These are some of the questions tackled in Connected, a new book that addresses the meaning and impact of social networking on our lives.

    Co-authored by Nicholas Christakis, an American physician, professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School, and one time BMJ columnist, this is a compelling and highly accessible book, although it covers a wide range of complicated topics. Stories, diagrams, and case studies are used to good effect, with examples from past outbreaks of hysteria to more …

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