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Tanya Feke, M.D., writes in

“The truth is that Dr. Google often does more harm than good. Information found on the Internet is often unreliable and can unnecessarily increase anxiety. Worse, it can lead to people questioning their doctor’s judgment even after they have been properly seen and examined. I admit my heart plummets when I hear the words, ‘but I read it on the Internet,’ at the end of a visit. While I appreciate that someone wants to be proactive for their health, those words often mean my patient has an agenda and will demand certain tests and treatments even if there is not a medical indication, even if I carefully explain to them why that is the case. This happens at least once every day.”

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