Author Affiliation: From the Department of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Rothschild), and the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, and Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, Tex (Dr Kuppersmith).
Edited by William M. Silberg, Editorial
Director, Medical News and New Media Division, JAMA. Section
Editors: Robert Sikorski, MD, PhD, and Richard Peters, MD, PhD.
The mother of a 6-year-old boy living
in a rural area used the Internet to find a pediatric otolaryngologist
who could see her child, who was suffering from progressive hoarseness.
The child was examined, and a laryngeal papilloma was identified,
leading to a series of laser surgeries. The mother and surgeon
exchanged e-mails about the child's condition during his treatment,
and the correspondence was entered in the medical chart. The mother
also joined an online support group for parents of children with this
condition. After the papilloma progressed to airway obstruction, the
treating otolaryngologist performed a MEDLINE search and found a
favorable initial report from a group using an experimental indole
compound for patients unresponsive to conventional therapy. The
child entered into a trial, and his condition was monitored through
ongoing e-mail contact with the mother.
Rothschild MA, Kuppersmith R. Internet Resources in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. JAMA. 1999;281(11):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.971