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VIDEO: Would You Trust Google to Give Medical Advice?

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Soon, you'll be able to Google a health condition and be presented with a list of symptoms. This is not just some algorithm, either — this information has been crafted and complied, in part, by medical doctors at the Mayo Clinic. With one in 20 searches being health-related, is this just solving a need, or enabling hypochondriacs?

In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if medical advice from Google is a good thing or not.


What about you, readers? Is Google doing a good thing, here? Tell us in the comments below!


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2 comments
algreimann
I'll take any tool I can get.
Terry1
This would be a good resource after the doctor visit To learn more. They are so right about webmd, look up headache, numbness and think you have a tumor. I'm sure ignorance is not an answer to helping hypochondriacs in the long run (I imagine them owning medical books if no internet), but never recognized one, so dont know much about their strugles.... Maybe i should ask Dr. Google, lol