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BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 09 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6040
  1. Annemarie Jutel
  1. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6242, New Zealand
  1. annemarie.jutel{at}

Anxiety about the proliferation and use of medical information by lay people has troubled doctors for more than a century. In 1898, Dr Gersuny, in his hints to doctors and patients, wrote: “Sick people who … have read up their complaint in some book, are a great source of trouble …

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