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Editorial
March 5, 2008

Nonpolypoid Colorectal Neoplasia in the United StatesThe Parachute Is Open

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Gastroenterology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.

JAMA. 2008;299(9):1068-1069. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1068

People's minds are like parachutes—they only function when they are open.—Thomas Robert Dewar (1864-1930)

The history of modern medicine is riddled with stories of discovery, skepticism, rejection, and, sometimes, redemption and acceptance. For instance, the discovery of Helicobacter pylori by Marshall1 is a fairly recent example of initial rejection by the mainstream scientific community and ultimate redemption (as recognized by the Nobel Prize).

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