Dogma Busters

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism — Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919)

Dogma Busters

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Do not let sleeping dogmas lie!

The following is applicable to all medical specialties...

While most of our clinical choices are largely based on sound evidence, there is always the occasional decision we take that is based on what we have assumed to be right simply because we haven’t seen it being done any other way. These decisions are based purely on the dogmas in our practice: ideas or beliefs accepted as authoritative – unquestioned, undisputed, and unchallenged. These dogmas could be based on anecdotal evidence, hearsay, words handed down by seniors during training, or simply in practice just because “everybody does it this way.”

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