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Thu Jun 9 13:22:57 EST 1994

In article <camillaCr43J9.7s2 at netcom.com>, camilla at netcom.com (Camilla
Cracchiolo) says:
>However, the response from MDs and immunologists has been underwhelming
>at best.  One person suggested that this would duplicate the function
>of your newsgroup here, bionet.immunology.
No, I don't think that would duplicate bionet.immunology.  It seems to
me it would fill a real niche.

Several possible reasons for few responses to clinical health problem
queries on bionet.immunology:

Most bionet.immunology participants are probaly primarily research
oriented.  It's my guess that so far, very few clinicians in practice
spend much time surfing the internet.

I suspect many people are apprehensive about anything that smacks of
"practicing medicine" in a forum such as the internet.

Queries I have seen often don't give me a good idea of what level/kind
of information would be appropriate:  Patient information bulletins (I
don't have those but their personal physician should); Scientific
American or Time magazine articles; medical textbooks (if they can
access in a medical library on citation by a netter, why not just go to
the library in the first place and have the librarian help look up
information - that's what they enjoy doing!); latest article in JI or
JEM (could they get it? could they understand it? often I can't!).

In summary, the patient-oriented sci.med.immunology group is probably a
good idea - at least to the point of an RFD and vote.  Responses may be
scarce to start with, for reasons cited above, but I would expect them
to grow.  And don't decry the "support group" aspects of such a
newsgroup.  Other, more experienced/seasoned patients and their families
may often be an excellent source of useful information, in addition to

Just my $0.02 worth!

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