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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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I would have liked to see Roosevelt enrich the story lines that drive the cultural myth.
Rhetorical scholars are examining public debates, studying the creation and sustenance of dominant cultural myths, and recovering voices suppressed by intervening histories.
This brief overview of the story of Parable of the Sower shows the basic elements of the cultural myth of origins on which it is built: flight from the Metropolis, symbol of Old World decadence; physical hardship, in this case during a period of migration; the sense of mission to appropriate and reshape Christian values to construct a new and different world order.
Judith, as Stocker proposes, may well offer an alternative to patriarchal cultural myths of dominating male power and female subordination.
In this magic Caribbean exposition, Bolivar's counterfeit is surrounded by endless repetitions of the Spanish word for "Freedom," underlining how Bolivar's frequent invocations have today turned him into part of a cultural myth.
In this context, reading the film as cultural myth, manifesting the contemporary collective psyche and socio-political reality of its time, proves a more productive enterprise.
As his title implies, Voinovich deconstructs the cultural myth of Solzhenitsyn and provides a portrait of his own.
In so doing, Bush's book (intentionally, I think) enacts the phenomenon it describes, oscillating between a conservative assertion of a cohesive cultural myth and a scrutiny of it that radically undermines its reality.
Since some sociologists suggest children may acquire gender schema from cultural myth portrays in popular mediated messages, we examined gender images in movies by Disney Corporation, one of the world's largest distributors of popular media to children and one reported to be making a concerted effort to demonstrate a shift in gender role behaviors in its characterizations.
He develops Frederick Jackson Turner's hypothesis of the frontier as the basic cultural myth of American to elaborate the basis for an American local theology for a postmodern age.
With our tender cultural myth about how "all men are created equal," class prerogatives are a reality few Americans like to think about -- even as the affluent continue to migrate into upscale gated communities.

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