When you have medical questions

It can be tempting to go to Google and search the internet for answers. However, this method isn’t always safe. It’s hard to know when and where you can find qualified experts on the internet, and when it comes to your health, you want an expert opinion. Instead of submitting yourself to the mercy of the internet, other, better options are available.

For starters, narrowing the selection of websites to those most trusted and reliable is a great idea. In such an event, you’ll need to verify the validity of individual websites by checking their credentials or looking for peer-reviewed material. The Mayo Clinic is a trusted source for medical information, as well as innovation.

However, maybe the hassle of verifying internet sources is a bit much for you. After all, when you need medical advice, it can’t always wait. If that’s the case, nothing beats calling your doctor, or the emergency room, to ask your question in an emergency situation. Your family doctor may not always be available for phone calls, and the emergency room may be swamped with patients, however, so this is not a foolproof solution. That being said, your own doctor, who knows your specific situation and has worked with you before, is typically the best solution, when possible.

In non-emergency situations, however, it’s difficult to find a better solution than good, old-fashioned medical textbooks. Textbooks are fairly comprehensive in terms of information and, therefore, have much more utility in practice than consulting anonymous internet users. Having a physical book on hand also precludes being locked out of your source when internet or power go out, especially if you rely on a cell phone. For that reason, books are ideal when dealing with a problem on your own, so let Barnes & Noble help you find the book you need in such an event.