(A) Little Miss Informed

I’d say this is good evidence that the Lyme Disease awareness among the general population is not just limited but BAD. My guess is this kid got her information from internet searches and from friends. I don’t think internet medical information (or searching) is inherently bad, but I do think not knowing how to gauge scientific and medical information presented on the internet plus the free form and flow of information on the internet makes for a pretty horrible combination (from a public health/disease awareness perspective at least).

The medium is new but the issue isn’t. There’s always been “folk” diagnostics, word of mouth, a friend of a friend’s aunt, etc. which are often seen as at least as informative as scientifically sound medical information. And these sources are closer, easier to access, and have an affective link which characterizes few if any patient/provider contexts or relationships.

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