A doctor must be a very committed person because they need to go through a lot of rigorous training. It takes four years of undergraduate school and four years of medical school to become a doctor. However, with increasing technology, it may seem that all that you need is internet connection.
The article is from WebMd, a website that many people refer to when they aren’t feeling well. It provides a vague description of the illness, a bullet list of ambiguous symptoms, and possible remedies. Can these articles really replace a doctor? Can I diagnose myself using the internet?
This website lacks wisdom, an important quality in a doctor that cannot be provided by a list of symptoms on a computer. A doctor uses all of the knowledge he has gained through medical school, previous patients, and the patient’s history in order to give each patient their own diagnosis. Every patient reacts differently to each illness, and a patient can have symptoms not listed in the website.
It must be noted that WebMD is a business because they bring in revenue from advertisements. Therefore, the intended audience is probably the ones who would gives them the most revenue. Hopefully, the intended audience is people looking for a first sign of an illness and not an actual diagnosis.