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Title Know Thy Source: Medical Information on the Internet
Author(s) Christoph U.Lehmann, Anusha H. Hemachandra
Source J. Perinatology, Vol. 23, Pages 353-353
Publication Date 7/1/2003
Abstract The new generation of physicians graduating from training programs today are more comfortable leveraging the Internet for medical information than pouring over journal articles and textbooks. Medical students also find it easier and more effective to learn and use general Internet search engines than medical meta-indices or medical search engines. Medical education needs to address the use of these resources, and train physicians to recognize markers of trustworthy Internet information: authorship, attribution, disclosure, and currency. It is up to the current generation of teachers and mentors to stress the need to go to the source, review the actual data, and determine the reliability of information offered.


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