Editorial| Volume 57, ISSUE 4, P571-572, October 2019

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Search at Your Own Risk: Online Health Queries and Your Patient

      During a recent, busy evening shift I found myself spending a bit more time in the room of a child with an uncomplicated viral upper respiratory infection. Instead of explaining my expected course of illness or supportive care, the bulk of my time was spent sitting with the young parents reviewing a collection of websites on their smartphone, all with information they had collected on caring for fever and cough for their toddler.
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