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Journal Article

On the Widespread Acceptance of Dubious Medical Findings

Jack P. Lipton and Alan M. Hershaft
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Dec., 1985), pp. 336-351
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136657
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

The medical research institution is analyzed within a sociology of science framework and from a social psychological perspective. As an exemplar, a published study by Bierman (1976) concerning a treatment for genital herpes is explored in detail. Despite serious methodological flaws and ambiguities in the Bierman study, there has been widespread acceptance of the findings within both the medical and lay communities. Societal, medical, and personal implications of such practices are discussed.

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