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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
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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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Critique: An inherently fascinating and elegantly presented study into Irish mythology, folklore, and fairyland creatures, "Mythical Irish Beasts" will prove to be an impressively and enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and academic library collections.
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