The Web Docs

The Internet can fill the gaps in your medical knowledge. But you need to know how to separate the good sites from the bad

Like most Americans, Peggy Garves, 49, of Albuquerque, N.M., has trouble getting more than a few minutes of her doctor's attention. So, when her 76-year-old mother suffered a stroke last year, Garves consulted the Internet, surfing medical sites for information about treatment and rehabilitation.

Then, when Garves' husband developed mononucleosis, she was back on the Web. "Doctors have to see 100 patients a day and are too busy to talk to me," she says. "The Internet helps fill in the blanks."

Right, but you have to be careful what you download. Any fool--or charlatan--with a telephone, modem and computer can create...

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