Last updated 09 October 2008
When writing on medical topics, a few issues are important to address directly, conveniently laid out by the Health on the Net Foundation.
Medical authority and complementarity, or, “I’m not your doctor”
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One our authors is a board-certified internist, one a medical student, and one an attorney. Any personal medical issues the reader may have should be referred to the reader’s physician. If the reader freely chooses to use some random anonymous blog to make medical decisions, well, that would be just foolish. See your own doctor, damn it, he’s got boat payments to make.
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