The next time you feel unwell, forget Wiki and head for your doctor. That is, if your doctor is not using the online encyclopedia for reference too. A study published in journal of the American Osteopathic Association compared medical-related entries on Wikipedia with peer-reviewed medical research, and found that 90 % such entries on Wikipedia are inaccurate. This revelation reaffirms surveys that showed about a quarter of women have misdiagnosed themselves on Google. The researchers also cited past studies that revealed up to 70% of doctors and students of medicine admit turning to Wikipedia. In sum, Dr. Robert Hasty, lead author of the study, said while many of the mistakes were relatively minor, some ‘could have clinical implications’.
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