How to spot a fake doctor

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    Dec 10, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/12/07/doctors-google-technology-fake.html


    "a man stole a physician's identity and practised medicine unlawfully. A nurse became suspicious when he consulted ask.com when she questioned his treatment plan, police said.

    In the article, Persaud joked that had he been a fully qualified physician, the man would have just Googled it."


    "Fake doctors subscribe to expensive online resources. Real doctors sign up for a series of free 30-day trials.
    Fake doctors use online resources to make sure they haven't forgotten a rare condition when diagnosing. Real doctors use them for nearly everything.
    Fake doctors turn to online resources to look up how drugs interact with other drugs. Real doctors figure the interactions are rare.
    Fake internal medicine residents keep one eye on a video playing on their BlackBerry when performing a thoracentesis — an invasive procedure to remove excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. Real doctors watch the video on an iPhone."
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    No kidding. A few years ago, I had an infection that I figured I'd better get some medication for. So I wasted a day and $700 going to see the doc. He excused himself for a minute, then came back and recited word for word what I'd read on some web site before I made the appointment. And handed me a prescription.

    It would have actually been faster and much, much cheaper to just send for the bootleg meds from India. icon_rolleyes.gif