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  1. Mythical 'knowledge' common to health workers

    Chris Kirtley, Heidelberg University (GP)

    19 June 2007

    These results are especially surprising considering that the topics (COPD, infarction, stroke, HIV/AIDS) are relatively well understood. I am constantly amazed that, e.g. fellow doctors and allied health workers blame colds on cold weather.

    Another example: research has repeatedly shown that wounds heal faster when moist, yet I frequently hear nurses and doctors advise a 'dry dressing', and are appear satisfied when wounds dry up.

    There is clearly a body of 'knowledge' which is deeply ingrained in the subconscious and resistant to revision by research findings!

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