Report: Half of all Doctors Consult with Wikipedia

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domih2009

Larry, Moe or Curly, you're fine.

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Thiazolium

Medical professionals have a vast arsenal of medical resources at their disposal.  Wikipedia is alright for anecdotal perusal but not when someone's health is at stake. Wikipedia requires intervention to keep the info up to date; critical changes may not be posted which may be important.  For my own research when comparing data gathered from peer reviewed journals and Wikipedia posts, huge gaps of missing information become  apparent. Wikipedia is a fun web info source, but neither complete nor is the veracity of the information presented verified. The old use-caution-when-entering or using this info should be applied.   

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DBsantos77

Thanks, now I know how to save on my insurance.

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n0ctis

 I dont even know what to say.

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Vegan

Well, I think that a decent doctor would be able to smell bullshit on a Wikipedia entry.

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jcollins

Well, that explains why the doc's always late to the office visits.  

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quickone

I was watching a tumor being removed from a child's brain and was
making small talk with the anesthesiologist (I was job shadowing) and we
started talking about his next surgery.  He said it was a pretty rare
disease and did not know much about so he looked it up on Wikipedia. 

I
was suprised his computer even had the internet in the OR and much more
suprised that he went right to wikipedia to look it up.   Every time I
have looked up a disease/disorder on wikipedia it has been correct or
at least not false about the information given.  

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Elric

FWIW, I'm a professional engineer and I consult wikipedia to do my work as well. I often need to refresh myself on something I have done coursework or professional work on in the past but have not actively participated in recently. Engineering, like medicine is an extremely broad field even within a particular flavor (i.e. Electrical engineering) and maintaining a high level of expertise in more than a few focus areas is daunting. A quick internet/wikipedia check will often refresh my memory or give a quick update on current state of the art since I last did work in a particular area.

My education and experience are still my guide, it's not like learning the topic cold with no background, the reference consultation just helps me reconfirm things or highlight new events I need to research in professional journals, etc, to do my best work.

Similarly, I wouldn't mind a bit if my doctor touched base with a wikipedia entry to refresh his knowledge, reconfirm his memory, or get pointers to new references on a condition he hadn't seen in a while or only studied in school, really that's the essence of being a good medical practitioner, IMHO.

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foamcup

If they consult Wikipedia and then click through to the source materials, that's fine.  Using just Wikipedia only?  Man, I don't know about that.

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nekollx

 agreed

Wiki stregth is the source links are all in one central location

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