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A generic term for popular beliefs in medicine which have proven over time to be invalid, which are maintained in medical culture because of inertia

myth

(mith) [Gr. mythos, story]
1. A narrative whose plot, characters, and themes are well known culturally or globally. It may have a variety of cultural meanings and may become an emblem of psychological, religious, or social truth. Alternatively, it may be used to summon inspiration or courage or provide a source of fear or wonder.
2. A falsehood; an unscientific proposition, often one that is demonstrably untrue.
Synonym: urban legend
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These constitute a Christian identity that draws on women's roles as producers and nurturers yet at the same time exhibits a fundamental aspect of being Hula which, as we will see, is mythically inscribed.
The second element of the critique, a Nietzschean reading of Kant, reveals the archetypal enlightened philosopher's surprising affinities with the Marquis de Sade, in that his critical reason is the dominating spirit of science, ruthlessly rational and amoral, mythically opposing subject and object in order that the former may dominate the latter.
Silence describes this attractive though depraved relationship between an extreme, pathological mature male and a normal, healthy young woman mythically.
While Barthes speaks of these items--steak, "chips," wine--as being French items of immense symbolic experience (he even goes on to suggest that steak possesses a "national glamour"), Keaton's concern is mythically common like the characters both he and Chaplin played.
Admittedly, my insistent negativism about the ludicrous fable that tells beer wholesalers and retailers they are different from their consumer goods counterparts, so different they are entitled to engage in "rent seeking" behind the mythically impenetrable walls of their state borders disturbs my firm's traditional wholesaler clients.
In what is being called the year of the "Mars opera", both deal with the debate over whether there is life on the planet which is mythically associated with war.
15] In this light, neo-classical satire could be seen as a product of alternative representations of time: anchored by a mythically constructed past, patriot writers such as Swift and Pope are able (as the late-century satirists are not) to direct their hostility against the present moment.
While this imposition of feminization works to align the black male, at the symbolic level of the body, with those still unenfranchised, it is significant that the narrative means for inciting and explaining the mob's violence takes the form of an intense masculinization in the figure of the black male as mythically endowed rapist.
I own many videos of her rocking, early and late, in Germany, France, Manhattan, being interviewed, waltzing in motion, throwing her legs, bashing her guitar, and yet what is amazing to me is her constant ability, almost mythically, to show a spiritual side to what is presented with rocking-horse urgency, angry youth, and dissatisfaction.
Myths are not timeless creations, although the capacity to respond mythically to critical situations would be; myths are the product of specific historical conditions.
But while it can be so terribly frightening and alienating, nature is also mythically supposed to be a source of culture.
To the right, welfare reform was not so much a budget-cutting measure as a moral crusade waged against those mythically promiscuous ghetto women who reproduce solely to gain a few additional dollars in welfare payments.