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I thought most folks used WebMd to self-diagnose, but apparently some turn to Wikipedia, too.

A team of U.S. scientists says they found “many errors” in Wikipedia entries concerning the 10 costliest medical conditions including coronary disease, lung cancer, hypertension, and back pain. Only the section on concussions turned out to be error-free.

“Healthcare professionals, trainees, and patients should use caution when using Wikipedia to answer questions regarding patient care,” writes the study’s authors in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Wait, what? Healthcare professionals?

Well, apparently a recent study found that 50 percent of doctors admit using Wikipedia as a reference source.

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  • yoda

    i would hate to be treated by a medical professional using wikipedia as a reference