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July 18, 1966


JAMA. 1966;197(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110030110041

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Cliches are like old shoes: They are unsightly and we know we ought to toss them out, but we continue to wear them because they have grown so comfortable. Cliches usually occur as pairs of words, and one without the other is as unthinkable as a left shoe without a right.

For example, is it possible to think of a majority that is not vast, a public that is not general, a translation that is not loose, data that are not meaningful, reasons that are not valid, studies that are not scientific, descriptions that are not classical, efforts that are not prodigious, difficulties that are not inherent, impotence that is not sexual, guidelines that are not helpful, pictures that are not clinical, areas that are not key, sums that are not lump, or a cry that is not far?

Is there an armamentarium in the house that does not belong

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