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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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Those of us who would defend a strong and independent federal judiciary must also find effective ways to enrich--rather than deny--the cultural myth of judicial activism.
Our cultural myths and metaphors are deeply embedded and highly resistant to change.
The focus of the book is to demonstrate how black televangelists capitalize upon American cultural myths, such as (to borrow Walton's terms) the myth of the American dream, or the myth of black victimology, or the myth of the ideal family, to convert their viewers to more than Christ.
Paintings, ceramics and woodcarvings, including the wooden panels from around the doorframe of Gauguin's Tahitian house, reveal and reinforce the diversity of Gauguin's experimentation in different media, which itself reflects his synthesis of difference in belief systems and cultural myths.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project encouraged the young artists to explore Coventry's diverse migrant history through costume and fashion, and the influence of cultural myths and stories on fabric design.
Whether a debunking of cultural myths, a careful examination of popular stereotypes or poetic imagery, or an industrial analysis of documentary film and television production, the overall aim is to cultivate a more nuanced understanding, not just of the Old Order Amish, but also of the process of fashioning mediated representations of this and other religious groups.
Adesman intersperses his own parenting experience, which allows the reader to see that even pediatricians can get caught up by these cultural myths.
Experts from KK Women's & Children's Hospital in Singapore, including obstetricians and pediatricians as well as a psychiatrist, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, a midwife, and a physiotherapist, give up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy from a uniquely Singaporean perspective, with discussion of Asian cultural myths about pregnancy and after-care.
London-born Dorothea has Barbadian heritage and for her work talks about real-life experiences of black women and tackles cultural myths.
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