An anonymous reader writes: A recent survey in Ireland found that 30pc of mobile users have self-diagnosed an illness by looking up their symptoms on their smartphone. The issue has become a growing concern among health care professionals as the growing number of online pharmacies and medical databases are enabling individuals to bypass doctors. The phenomenon has been subject of philosophical debates about the merits of democratization of medical practice progress and the potential harm resulting from misdiagnosis and its impact on people with mental health issues such as hypochondria.
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