A Piece of My Mind
April 5, 2000

Faith and Doubt

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2000;283(13):1661-1662. doi:10.1001/jama.283.13.1661

Nothing is as firmly held as what man knows least.—Montaigne

For years I have had a standard answer to what I considered to be an ill-formed question. It seems that I would be habitually asked if I believed in a particular therapy for a particular disease: for instance, "Do you believe in prophylactic lidocaine?" or "Do you believe in external cooling measures?" or "Do you believe in steroids in the treatment of aspiration pneumonia?"

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