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FAILURE: THE EXPLANATION Dan Blaine DBLIVIT "I totally agree with you, Fawh. About the difficulty of diagnosis. Symptoms masking symptoms, etc. DB oughta know that. Diagnosing electronic failures is very much like medical diagnosis. Testing for symptoms, following a path that sometimes misleads you.
While I believe everyone should do their homework and become as knowledgeable they can in what ever matters to them, the expert guidance of the pro in that field should carry more weight than an amateur opinion - and unless you're a pro in the field of interest - you are an amateur. If I needed legal help, I'd hire an rs or someone like him. If I got a medical problem, I see a Doc."

Read my post again, Charlie. I'm didn't say NOT to see a Doc. Even the crew of Startrek beamed the tricorder results to Dr. McCoy for the final diagnosis and treatment.

My point is that with the wealth of state of the art information available on the Internet, one can assemble pertinent data to pass on to his doctor. A lot of doctors don't have time to read, much less assimilate all the new medical methodology, techniques and medicines that are out there on the net.

Rs implies that medical colleges and labs on the leading edge of technology are the doctor's exclusive resource...Not so! Most(not all) of them have web pages that are accessible to the public. Here again, I maintain that the average working doctor doesn't have time to stay abreast of all that's developing. If the patient can do a little research himself, he may help the doctor find the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Or, based on the data the doctor receives, he may be able to route the patient to the applicable specialist without wasting his valuable time and the patient's money.

"Diagnosing electronic failures is very much like medical diagnosis. Testing for symptoms, following a path that sometimes misleads you." sez Charlie.

When I was trying to diagnose electronic failures, one my best resources was the experienced operator of the radar, radio and later computers. Querying the operator and getting "data" from him helped me to diagnose the problem a helluva lot faster...sometimes even to the point of succeeding with a "phone fix".

Are we not the "operators" of our own bodies? The testing that needs to be done could be done by a lab before we even see the doctor.

An example:
I've just confirmed my (via the Internet) diagnosis of my bad knee. (plica syndrome). I paid $80 to the doctor to have him confirm it and tell me the same thing the Internet page told me: cut back on my running miles and do more stretching exercises.

You can bet that if some doctor prescribes a prescription drug for me, I'm gonna check it out on the net before I start taking it!

A final word: "Life is tough, 3 out of 3 people die. So shut up and deal!" (Ring Lardner)

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