SORTING THE INFORMATION
Leon Piterman, a professor of general practice at Victoria’s Monash University, says trying to use Google to diagnose a health condition is fraught with danger.
Piterman heads the advisory board of doctors behind healthand.com, a new website offering animations and verified information on about 400 health conditions, from why babies refuse to eat to the cause of headaches and treating anaphylaxis.
“If you’re just reading a page out of Google and you don’t know who’s behind the information, you can’t always take it at face value,” he says. “Being able to critically appraise the information isn’t a skill everyone has. It also needs to be presented in a simple to understand form.”