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September 16, 1998

Informational PathologyInformation Pathology

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Adrian Restian, 258 pp, with illus, in Romanian with 12-page English summary and English chapter outlines, $15, ISBN 973-27-0598-1, Bucharest, Romanian Academic Press, 1997 (available from: AbelConn, LLC, 9210 Science Center Dr, New Hope, MN, 55428; 612-536-0349).

JAMA. 1998;280(11):1022-1023. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.1022-JBK0916-2-1

Describing informational stress, Dr Restian shows that, although absolutely necessary, information may become, in certain conditions, a pathogenic factor. Information is therefore added to the other pathogenic factors that make an assault on the health of contemporary people. This is a very important realization, because we live in an increasingly "informationalized" society thanks to news media, the Internet, and many other sources. Obviously, most information is useful, but the same information may have some negative effects as well.

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