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Old 07-25-2011, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default deB gives kudos to DTP Forum

You old-timers will remember Dave deBronkart (deB, usually) from the forum’s CompuServe period in the 80s and 90s. He has gone on to survive kidney cancer, and then emerge as “e-Patient Dave,” an eloquent and energetic advocate for patients in the world of healthcare.

He was featured in an interview for Inspire, a collection of on-line health forums. (I believe anyone can access that link; if not let me know.)

Here is a quote from the interview that will resonate here especially:
deBronkart: Not really, because I’ve always been a social networking kind of guy. I sometimes say that I learned to be an empowered patient back on the desktop publishing forum on CompuServe in 1989. There I was, struggling with early versions of Quark Xpress, like why doesn’t this feature work, and I’m doing what the instruction manual says, and then I get into this community where people who are struggling with the same issues can help you. The most natural thing in the world for me when I was diagnosed was in addition to going to the best doctors I could find, to get the best community peer group.
If you have been ill or ever will be, the whole interview is very interesting.

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