Kitemarks won't cure ‘Cyberchondriacs’
- By: Nadeeja Koralage
My first experience of “internet print out syndrome” was in a suburban general practitioner's surgery. The syndrome seemed to affect essentially healthy people who wanted to go to the doctor to have a lengthy discussion about minor symptoms. Perhaps they had undergone early retirement and were now so bored that they were desperate to have an excuse to chat with a doctor. And if they got a prescription out of it, that was a bonus-they got a chat with a pharmacist too. These “cyberchondriacs” tended to be financially comfortable enough to believe that good health was worth paying for.
We all know how amazing the internet is and how it has allowed wider possibilities and better communication. And we know with these advances come a few specific dangers: misinformation is definitely one of them. “Don't believe everything you read in the papers,” as the maxim says. This scepticism of even