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WikiDoc is intended to be an educational tool, not a tool for any form of healthcare delivery.

WikiDoc does not promote the dissemination of copyrighted material or plagiarism. Do not post copyrighted material. You as the submitter of material are responsible for any copyright violation.

WikiDoc encourages you to contact us [1] if you have identified any potential copyright violation or any content that might be considered to constitute plagiarism so that we may resolve the issue.

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WikiDoc is an online open-content collaborative medical encyclopedia / textbook and news service, that is a voluntary association of individuals and groups who are developing a common resource of human medical knowledge. The structure of WikiDoc allows any physician with an Internet connection and World Wide Web browser to alter its content. In addition, non-physician remote contributors and full time volunteers on-site at WikiDoc headquarters (licensed healthcare practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy students, medical students, pre-medical students) may add copyleft medical information from other copyleft sources (for example but not limited to the National Library of Medicine or Wikipedia) as well as original content under the direct supervision of a physician approved by WikiDoc's editorial board and whose CV is on file with WikiDoc. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by professionals with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable Healthcare information. WikiDoc is not a substitute for a licensed health care professional. WikiDoc is not intended to guide medical decision making, but is instead intended as an educational tool.

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We are working on ways to select and highlight reliable versions of articles. Our active community of editors uses tools such as the recent changes tool to monitor new and changing content. However, WikiDoc is not uniformly peer reviewed; while readers may correct errors or engage in casual peer review, they have no legal duty to do so and thus all information read here is without any implied warranty of fitness for any purpose or use whatsoever. Even articles that have been vetted by informal peer review or featured article processes may later have been edited inappropriately, just before you view them.

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Examples of other encyclopedia disclaimers. While other encyclopedias, unlike WikiDoc, are professionally peer reviewed, they still do not guarantee their content.

The disclaimer (from the site hosting the Encyclopædia Britannica online): "YOUR USE OF BRITANNICA.COM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK." The disclaimer (from the site hosting Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia) "...AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU." The disclaimer (from the site hosting the Columbia Encyclopedia) "YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK."

Global attribution: The language describing WikiDoc throughout these pages is often borrowed and modified with global attribution to Wikipedia and with links to Wikipedia. This statement is a global attribution to wikipedia consistent with copyleft policies.