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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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Coming back to the book at hand, Vishwamitra , he says, is a mix of both the styles of authors Devdutt Pattanaik and Amish Tripathi -- the stalwarts of the mythological genre in India.
Delving into the problem of Baroque tragedy from a new angle--that of its interrelation with myth--I will subsequently present a generic discussion of the serious mythological comedia.
The first examines relationships between cultural ideologies and the physical spaces where mythological painting emerged in the later Quattrocento.
His mythological characters don't hail from ancient or medieval times, but from a classic children's book published at the start of the 20th century, The Wizard Of Oz.
They are also colored by a deeply convincing ethical pathos, which can be simply defined as the mythological time of childhood.
The virtuous nude has a long history, not only in woodcuts and in paintings with mythological themes but, as scholar Katharine Gillespie points out, in early republican portrayals of Lady Liberty too.
Julia Nagy, of the Research Group for Old Hungarian Dramas, proposes a new method for Jesuit drama research, considering the religious and mythological meanings of drama as a lens to examine how it articulates group identity and aims at religious education.
how his teacher Morpheus functions as a John the Baptist figure; or how gnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Baha'i, Greek mythological, and other influences have shaped the plot.
Quintus Sulpicius Maximus, an 11-year-old boy, won honorable mention in a poetry contest by improvising some 43 verses in ancient Greek on a mythological theme.
Her poems explore "female and race" themes: violence against women, racism, and the private and public histories of resistance to oppression, as well as the mythological and religious basis for oppression against women, against blacks in this culture.
Despite their mythological character (a goddess is mentioned and Balaam uses magic), L.
One can then appreciate the stories more for their mythological meaning.