I remember in the years of student faculty in the seventies, getting a medical item was an adventure. The latter began with going to the library of large hospitals, consult the "index medicus" that great book larger than those of the Royal Academy of the Language and that was not leafless, and be lucky to have the magazine and the volume of it. Once this has been achieved, request the photostatic copies (and the same will work) returning for them 4 or 5 days later.
Currently, in a flash you can get this information and get a printout and compare with multiple authors from around the world.
Previously the information changed every 15 or 20 years, today simply to enter medical school and pursue the race may be enough time for the information to change.
This information came to the doctors of wonder to be able to update on a topic or just consult something new. For this, most of the doctors have taken courses to obtain the information, but above all to give the real value of what cost us many years of study.
Unfortunately, this information can fall on people who are not suitable or rather unprepared and who do not give adequate value to it by giving it an incorrect interpretation.
People, in this case the patient, can be of several types:
1 .- The hypochondriac, which is the most suffering and their situation now can be worse and accentuate their problems.
2 .- The curious, who did something wrong against your health and want to see the consequences.
3.-The shy, who is sorry to ask about all issues of sexuality or the urogenital system.
4.- The saver, does not "reach" to pay a query.
5.- The desperate one, who does not have time to go to a consultation.
6.- And finally, the dangerous one, who searches the Internet for anything related to his diagnosis or illness to ask questions in the consultation to see how much the doctor knows or is updated.
All this harms the medical profession professionally, socially and legally, so it is very important to educate and educate our patients in the aspect of the Internet and social networks. The doctor - patient relationship is very important to generate the bond of vital trust in the exercise of our profession and that does not become a sick - machine relationship.
As doctors, we must make the patient see that he can make a mistake with his health, as well as delay a diagnosis that could cost him his life.
Dr. Internet, is your ally, your competition or a risk. What do you think?