wastebasket diagnosis


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A diagnosis which may be based on a fad, not proven to exist, not physiologically explained, or not described with specificity, and thus so broadly inclusive to the point of being scientifically useless

wastebasket diagnosis

Medtalk noun A diagnosis which may be faddish, not proven to exist, or physiologically explained, or described with specificity, and thus so broadly inclusive to the point of being scientifically useless
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We at times toss people into a kind of wastebasket diagnosis of normal tension glaucoma, because we don't know their history and assume what exists now is a reflection of what is going on, but it may not be.