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The genesis of a truly important scientific generalization requires at the least a scientist dedicated to the idea and to its spread. Unfortunately, the validation of a great idea requires more than good salesmanship. Huxley's debates accelerated the acceptance of evolution, but it was the carefully accumulated evidence from the voyage of the Beagle that formed the heart of Darwinian evolution.
The name of Colonel Robert Hardaway has come to be identified with an interesting generalization which has potential importance in a number of disease states. Hardaway proposes that disseminated intravascular coagulation (which he thoughtfully abbreviates as DIC) is the
Syndromes of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation. With Special Reference to Shock and Hemorrhage.. Ann Intern Med. 1966;65:625–626. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-65-3-625
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(3):625-626.
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