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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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Although it has religious significance, mythically it has a pot of gold at the end .
While paintings of buildings and landscapes can be found at the courtyard houses that have survived neglect and destruction in modern Damascus, the mythically themed paintings at Montlucon's home are unique.
Stories, some literally true, some symbolically or mythically true, have been passed down over the ages to encourage ethical behaviour.
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is not usually thought of as one of his more mythically resonant plays (aside from the Belmont casket scene), yet it is ultimately based on prevailing contemporary Christian myths about the Jews and the way these myths defined Christians' beliefs about themselves.
His suffering and death mythically represent all salvific suffering and death from the tortured to the abused in countless heroic acts around the world.
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James Henry, also writing for the venerable progressive weekly, has marginally more sober ideas in a piece titled "Socialism for Bankers, Savage Capitalism for Everyone Else?" Alas, he follows the otherwise perceptive Sebastian Mallaby's unwise suggestion that government--or, mythically, "the public"-should be compensated for the bailout with partial ownership of the rescued firms.
Richard Wilson plays the court physician Gaius who takes Merlin under his wing, while John Hurt adds his almost mythically wise voice to the CGI-inspired dragon.
fear and passion, earthbound and astrologically connected, mythically
Darwinism will fail as an interpretive schema because it is mythically impoverished.
Does it have something to do with the desire for the medieval: for a society of "hope" and beauty, in which human value is, mythically at least, visible in the apparel and comportment of the body?