Can Google Diagnose Illness Better Than Doctors?

Nov 10, 2006 • 7:32 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A WebmasterWorld thread links to a popular recent study where Google returned the right diagnoses 58-percent of the time.

Dr Tang and Dr Ng selected 26 difficult cases presented in the New England Journal of Medicine, including Cushing's syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, encephalitis and cirrhosis.

They then plugged the symptoms of each case into the search engine to come up with a diagnosis.

When these diagnoses were compared with the correct published diagnoses, the researchers found that Google got it right 58 per cent of the time.

They say an online search is likely to be more effective at helping to diagnose conditions with unique symptoms that can be used as search terms

So is Google able to diagnose a patients illness better than a Doctor would? That is currently the joke in the forum thread. Are Doctors right more than 58-percent of the time. :)

Danny has a write up on Google MD? How Doctors Use Search from a while back and you can also meet the Google Doctor.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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01/12/2009 11:34 am

I am feeling a little sick and my head is feeling thick and heavy. My throat is kind of tingling and feels like It might get sore and I have been sneezing a lot. I am now feeling dizzy too. I felt like I was swaying on a bout a couple of days ago, although that could be because I had travelled for a long while on a train. Please can you tell me if you recognise these as being any particular illness?

susan brown

03/23/2009 11:51 am

i feel like i am swaying, my head feels heavy,my throat is a little sore, i have no energy and i have been a little dizzy


08/05/2009 12:48 pm

i feel like i am swaying sometimes, my head feels heavy,my throat is a little sore, i have no energy and i have been a little dizzy, my arms also feel heavy, i feel really tired, and my glands feel like they are up a little, i have had this now for about 4 weeks, what is wrong with me ?

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