Google medical hack

I discovered accidentially that if you use to search for a disease or ailment, a group of more specific searches appear first. These “result refinements” include

  • Treatment
  • Symptoms
  • Tests/diagnosis
  • Causes/Risk factors
  • For patients
  • For health professionals
  • From medical authorities
  • Medical alternatives

For example, if you look up bell’s palsy, you get this.

While there’s the risk of hypochondriacs making mischief with this service, I imagine on balance the result will be better patient information and more carefully directed health care for the savvy.

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