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Do-It-Yourself Diagnosis on the Web


On a typical day, about eight million people type "back pain," "migraine," or some other medical symptom into a search engine. Increasingly, the Web is the first stop for health-related information. Guests talk about so-called "cyber-chondriacs" and how the Internet has changed doctor-patient dynamics.


Dr. Scott Haig, orthopedic surgeon; author of the article, "When the Patient Is a Googler" published on

Susannah Fox, associate director at the Pew Internet & American Life Project

Dr. Ted Eytan, medical director of health informatics and web services for Group Health Cooperative

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