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As in, they do not attempt to give individualized prescriptions. What's a phrase or word that characterizes this tendency?

  • Do the solutions cure the patients? – Cascabel Jun 22 '16 at 21:26
  • @Gandalf the solutions may or may not work – user180089 Jun 22 '16 at 21:32
  • If they don't work, it's quackery; if they do work, it's a good diagnosis. – Cascabel Jun 22 '16 at 21:34
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    Western medicine. – Phil Sweet Jun 22 '16 at 22:07
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    "Cookie-cutter" is an adjective often applied to repeated application of the same technique. – Hot Licks Jun 22 '16 at 22:57
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Neither of these are specific to medical practice, but you could call this "a shotgun approach" to the problem, or a "one size fits all" solution.

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    'one size fits all' sounds good to me. – user180089 Jun 22 '16 at 22:58
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If a doctor gives all his patients the same prescription, there are only two possibilities: either all their patients have the same disease and need the same treatment, which is a coincidence, or it's just charlatanism or quackery. If the treatment does any harm, then it's also malpractice. The term you are looking for may be "a ready-made prescription".

  • "Dr X seems to have ready-made prescriptions. All his patients are on Aspirin and Atorvastatin."

It can also be used in other contexts: "I'm sorry but we don't have a ready-made presciption to beat inflation."

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  • Thank you, this is a good one, I'll upvote when I get my votes back. I still like 'one size fits all' slightly better as it's more idiomatic – user180089 Jul 17 '16 at 23:08
  • @V0ight I don't understand "when I get my votes back". I agree with you "a one-size-fits-all approach" is more idiomatic. – Centaurus Jul 17 '16 at 23:20
  • I used up my 40 votes for the day – user180089 Jul 17 '16 at 23:22
  • @V0ight Boy, you are more than generous. – Centaurus Jul 17 '16 at 23:32

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