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JAMA Revisited
September 3, 2019

Hasty Generalizations

JAMA. 2019;322(9):897. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15495

Originally Published September 6, 1884 | JAMA. 1884;3(10):268- 269.

Of all the faults that characterize medical literature, those arising from hasty generalizations, by which we mean the deduction of conclusions from an insufficient number or an inadequate verification of facts, are the most prominent, and constitute the greatest hindrances to real progress in nearly all the departments of medical science.

Next in baneful influence is the adoption and treatment of mere opinions or even suggestions, as though they were actual facts.…