Doctors in doubt about a patient's ailment could use Google to help them reach a diagnosis, researchers said today.
Two Australian doctors have found that entering the symptoms of a tricky case into the internet search engine often results in accurately diagnosing the illness.
This story has an interesting implication. One easy way to improve the quality of the results - and hence the quality of the diagnosis and subsequent therapy - would be to release more medical literature as open access. Then, by definition, it would be picked up by Google, which would feed through the results to the medics.
Open access: you know it makes sense.