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Be Informed

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0019
Be Informed

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The first chapter of the section on hypochondria as a cultural condition examines the effects of increasing popular access to medical information, especially through the medium of the internet. It considers the accumulation of medical information (in the formal medical literature, in popular reference sites, in advertising, in patient narratives) by hypochondriacal readers and their application of it to themselves as their own quasi-patients, and the implications of this complex kind of health literacy on the doctor-patient relationship.

Keywords: information; internet; cyberchondria; interpretation; diagnosis; symptoms; illness narratives

Chapter.  14252 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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