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—Wessler and his co-authors tried to introduce a touch of class in their article titled "Coumarin Therapy in Acute Myocardial Infarction" in the Archives (134:774-779, 1974). The article was subtitled "A Hobson's Choice," and the authors characterized that dilemma as the difficult choice between two alternatives, to use anticoagulant therapy or not. In reality, a Hobson's Choice is not this dilemma but describes a choice where there is no dilemma at all—Hobson's Choice historically represents a situation where there is no choice or the choice is a sham.Tobias Hobson rented horses for hard-riding scholars to make the trip between Cambridge and London in the 1700s. When a person came for a mount, he was led to the stable where there was a plethora of well-fitted horses. Despite the apparent wide choice, Hobson required the next renter to take the horse nearest the stable door so that
Morgan JP, Wessler S. "Hobson's Choice" Clarification. Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(8):1129. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330080131022
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