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Re: Whew!

Posted by Shirley on January 23, 1999, at 15:10:02

In reply to Re: Whew!, posted by Dr. Bob on January 23, 1999, at 1:35:13

I don't notice a lot of psych professionals posting responses here. Maybe they aren't in the mood to take on the additional demands of the "HELP ME TOBY!!!!!" variety. Could be the bad reputation that the internet has with the medical community. My own doctors have expressed nothing but contempt at the mere mention of the internet as a source of medical information, which I think grossly underestimates the intelligence of their patients. I believe that they assume lowly non-dr-types lack the intelligence and judgement necessary to distinguish between quackery and good information. It does throw them when I ask them if I shouldn't believe what the PDR says about a particular medication--after all, I read it on the "internet".

Also, could liability be an issue here? Particularly if you are releasing a lot information about yourself which could be traced? It would be very easy for anybody knowing Toby's name, or even geographical location to use the internet to trace not only his (sorry) professional credentials, but also his prof. address as well. I guess if you really knew what you were doing you could dig deeper. Personally, I would have a concern about that. If I were Toby, my fear would be that the more information I released, the easier it would be for determined folks to track me down. Then I would be faced with desperate phone calls or even knocks on my front door, not just website messages. Part of the beauty of this format is anonymity. Obviously, there's a down-side as well.

When I originally read Toby's post in which his/her credentials were mentioned, it never occurred to me to wonder about gender (although I have to admit, my image was always of a man. I think of the name "Toby" as a male name first.) His (I'm sticking with this image) advice seems reasonable, and the folks here seem to by and large be truly appreciative. I have to admit though that my critical side is open to the possibility that Toby is really Dr. Bob's alter-ego, or one of your students, or who knows!

Glad to see he's back, though.





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