Author Affiliation: Division of Gastroenterology,
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland VA Medical Center,
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).
Lieberman D. Nonpolypoid Colorectal Neoplasia in the United States: The Parachute Is Open. JAMA. 2008;299(9):1068–1069. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1068
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