Here are 22 false assumptions, practice failures, and everyday clinical errors that we believe are common in modern medical practice:
1. Lack of appreciation of the phenomenon of physician persuasion and its hidden power. The placebo effect is scientific, potent, and worthy of use.
2. Lack of understanding of the power of prevalence or pretest probability in the diagnostic process, leading to frequent false positives and “overdiagnosis” of nonexistent diseases.
3. Lack …