"A physician-researcher performed a test of lung function on a healthy 24-year-old woman, administering a large dose of a particular chemical. The woman then died of lung and kidney failure. The doctor had searched online for information about the drug but had failed to turn up any literature warning of its dangers -- information that medical librarians later did find online after the woman died."
This is not funny.
The lesson here is quite clear. If you are going to post information to the world wide web, you must take the privilege of electronic publishing as seriously as if you were submitting a paper to a professional organisation. Every fact must be checked, and every relevant piece of data must be included. Today's students and surgeons cannot be trusted to perform exhaustive research, therefore the burden of assiduousness falls to the online author.
I am writing to my congressman to recommend that he introduce legislation whereby an internet author can be sued for negligence. Hopefully, through decisive government action, further deaths will be averted.