Anecdotal Reasoning

Perhaps one of the most powerful influences on patients' decisions is their anecdotal experiences. It might be hard to interest a patient in chemotherapy whose aunt had a bad experience with chemotherapy. Anecdotal information is very powerful and can draw people's attention away from much more representative evidence. For example, even when informed of the success rates of treatment alternatives, people's choices can be influenced by uninformative anecdotes. A treatment alternative that is described as curing an illness 75% of the time is looked on less favorably if people are exposed to hypothetical anecdotes of patients who did not improve with treatment.47

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

Among the evils which a vitiated appetite has fastened upon mankind, those that arise from the use of Tobacco hold a prominent place, and call loudly for reform. We pity the poor Chinese, who stupifies body and mind with opium, and the wretched Hindoo, who is under a similar slavery to his favorite plant, the Betel but we present the humiliating spectacle of an enlightened and christian nation, wasting annually more than twenty-five millions of dollars, and destroying the health and the lives of thousands, by a practice not at all less degrading than that of the Chinese or Hindoo.

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