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gold stan·dard

the term criterion standard is preferred in medical writing.
Term used to describe a method or procedure that is widely recognized as the best available.
[jargon]

gold standard

1 an accepted test that is assumed to be able to determine the true disease state of a patient regardless of positive or negative test findings or sensitivities or specificities of other diagnostic tests used.
2 an acknowledged measure of comparison of the superior effectiveness or value of a particular medication or other therapy as compared with that of other drugs or treatments.
Any standardised clinical assessment, method, procedure, intervention or measurement of known validity and reliability which is generally taken to be the best available, against which new tests or results and protocols are compared

gold standard

Criterion standard The best or most successful diagnostic or therapeutic modality for a condition, against which new tests or results and protocols are compared. See Standard of practice, Practice guidelines.

gold stan·dard

(gōld stan'dărd)
Jargonistic term meaning ideal or basic measurement; usage best avoided.
[jargon]

gold

a chemical element, atomic number 79, atomic weight 196.967, symbol Au. See Table 6. Gold and many of its compounds are used in human medicine and occasionally in veterinary medicine. See also chrysotherapy.

gold-198
a radioisotope of gold having a half-life of 2.7 days and emitting gamma and beta radiation. Symbol 198Au.
gold colloid scintiscan
gold dust
a disease of aquarium fish caused by the flagellate protozoon Oodinium limnecicum. Affected fish develop a varnished look caused by a very heavy infestation of the protozoa on the skin and die within a few days.
gold standard
the ultimate standard to which all endeavors aspire.
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Les apports de Kemmerer h la theorie du Gold Exchange Standard Histoire Economique de la Caraibe (1880-1950)', Universite de Quisqueya, Port au Prince: Editions de l'Universite d'Etat d'Haiti.
The establishment of the gold exchange standard in the Philippines', The Quarterly Journal of Economics 19 (4) (August): 585-609.
Another view, championed by John Maynard Keynes in the late 1930s, is that the gold exchange standard was fatally flawed because it allowed for an asymmetrical evasion of adjustment responsibilities between surplus and deficit countries.
He concluded that the rules of the gold exchange standard were violated frequently during these years and partly attributed the instability of the interwar monetary system to these violations.
To obtain a better sense of the extent to which the adjustment rules of the gold exchange standard were violated, I transform the asset data on the basis of the following assumption: a one-year time lag between changes in foreign assets and adjustments in domestic assets; and a fractional banking system in which one unit of reserves in the banking system generates three units of domestic liquidity.
The closer to the origin (along both dimensions), the closer a country's policies were to the gold exchange standard ideal.
For a contemporaneous account of this inherent problem of the gold exchange standard, see Mlynarski 1929.
The collapse of a system beset by the fatal flaws of the gold exchange standard and the adjustable peg was triggered by an acceleration in world inflation, in large part the consequence of an earlier acceleration of inflation in the United States.
One flaw was the gold exchange standard, which placed the United States under threat of a convertibility crisis.
It was reinstated as the short-lived gold exchange standard.
Bretton Woods evolved into a gold exchange standard fraught with the adjustment, liquidity and confidence problems of the interwar period.