Whatever happened to the Family Health Encyclopaedia – that doorstep-sized tome everyone had on their bookshelves that listed just about every ailment you and your kids were ever likely to have, and how to treat them? They were written by teams of doctors, and put out by the Royal College of GPs, the British Medical Association, and other trusted organisations. And they were a resource you could really rely on. But today most are out of print and instead we go online when we get a new symptom, be it a rash, lump or bump, a horrible infection or have an accident, to ask Dr Google. In fact, eight in ten people now get health information via internet search engines, and almost half of us use them to look for specific treatment advice. I fear there will be some with serious conditions going undiagnosed, and others falling into that Dr Google trap, and misdiagnosing, or mistreating their ailments, writes Dr Ellie Cannon Despite worries about cyberchondria (the name given to the anxiety caused by self-diagnosing problems via search engines) and fake health news, I think the internet has on the whole had an astonishingly positive impact on public health. With… Read full this story
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Is it safe to take painkillers every day... and how can I tell if I have a fever without a thermometer? DR ELLIE CANNON answers 50 questions we all want to ask a GP have 350 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at May 23, 2020. This is cached page on Vietnam Dance. If you want remove this page, please contact us.