Sunday, August 10, 2008

Robin S on Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog

Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog: "The following is a reader take by Robin S.

“Dr. Google, meet Ms. Cyberchondriac. Ms. Cyberchondriac, meet Dr. Google.” Just about every physician reading this is nodding his/her head. They know what I’m talking about.

Just what is a cyberchondriac? My spell-check in Microsoft Word says it is not a word. Funny, though, it doesn’t say that with “Google” as long as I capitalize it. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary cyberchondria is – wait a minute – it’s not in the dictionary. So why am I reading it so much in the media where it is the technical equivalent of “hypochondria”?"

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