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The United State of Medicine: Healing Identity Confusion

Having uniquely evolved the ability to communicate via speech, humans developed communally shared sounds, which collectively comprise language to represent objects as well as abstract ideas. Although these shared sounds are meant to convey shared meanings, the continuous process of history often changes how those meanings are interpreted and sometimes invalidates the original purpose. For […]

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Ixodes scapularis, the primary vector of Lyme disease in eastern North America. (Image Credit: Public Library of Science, Wiki CC License.)

False and Misleading Information About Lyme Disease

  Recently, there has been considerable interest in the topic of fake news. For infectious diseases physicians, false and misleading information about the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease is not new. It is increasing in frequency and prominence, creating much confusion among primary care physicians and their patients. Persistent, unexplained subjective symptoms such as […]

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Reading Level of Internet Medical Information for Common Diagnoses

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that health materials be written at a grade 6-7 reading level, which has generally not been achieved in online reading materials. Up to the present time, there have not been any assessments focused on the reading level of online educational materials across the most popular consumer Web sites […]

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Thomas Boyer, MD, AJM Associate Editor

Searching for the Holy Grail

The Search for the Holy Grail: Doing More with Less In the movie Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail when Jones and others are confronted with numerous cups, only one of which is the Grail, the advice of the old Knight Templar is to “choose wisely.” In the movie, the cup that is least appealing […]

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Computerized Patient Education

Using Animated Computer-generated Text and Graphics to Depict the Risks and Benefits of Medical Treatment Computer-animated depictions of risks and benefits offer an effective means to describe medical risk/benefit statistics. Understanding and satisfaction were significantly better when the format matched the patient’s preference for message delivery. Abstract  Objective  Conventional print materials for presenting risks and […]

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