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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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