He went online looking for information, "And here is what I found: everything except insight."
Ouch? Not necessarily. What he writes is that he found a lot of "polarized discourse." And his point is that, from a patient perspective, it didn't really tell him what to do.
Maybe so, but it clearly made him think.
He quotes from (among others) drugwonks.com, newstarget.com, pharmalot.com, corante.com/pipeline, and peterrost.blogspot.com, so it should come as no surprise that he got a plethora of differing viewpoints. But what's a patient to do?
Here's how Carr ends his column:
"This Wednesday, I will see my endocrinologist. We will chat for a few minutes about Avandia and no doubt heâ€™ll smile when I entertain him with all that I have learned on the Web. Then after he tells me what he thinks, I will follow my doctorâ€™s orders."
And sanity prevails.