READING MEDICINE ONLINE
All of us have googled their symptoms in search of quick answers. The Internet says we’re dying, while the doctor says it’s just a cold. Who is right? Reading medicine today is more accessible than ever. And whether it is dangerous or rather useful depends on the attitude of the reader.
Curious patients are a blessing. It is extremely enjoyable to work with a person who is interested in their health and wants to learn more. This helps with patient understanding and their active involvement in the therapy. We have several tips that will make your reading more successful:
EVERYONE CAN WRITE AN ARTICLE
Internet is accessible to all. You cannot know who is hiding behind a nickname or what their knowledge or intentions are. Be extremely cautious while reading and take everything with a grain of salt. This applies mostly to non-professional groups, forums and blogs.
Most health and care establishments have an official website with reliable and accessible information. We advise you to stick to them. Our articles are written by people who work in the medical field and are always double checked by a medical doctor. If you notice any inaccuracies, however, we kindly ask you to let us know.
LOST IN TRANSLATION
There are people who translate scientific papers with the best of intentions. The problem is that medical texts are challenging even for an experienced translator. It is very easy to make a mistake which completely changes the meaning of the text. If you speak a foreign language, we advise you to read the original text.
- INTERNET WON’T REPLACE YOUR DOCTOR
Reading medicine online should not give you the confidence to self-treat, however easier it may be. If it was that simple, doctors would not study literally their whole lives. Each patient has individual needs and the choice of the most appropriate therapy is an art that is mastered by years of experience.
If you are interested in reproductive medicine, do not be afraid to ask us questions. We are also open to new ideas for articles that will be useful to you. You can always share your suggestions by sending us a Facebook message.