gut feeling

gut feeling2016-12-27T00:35:17+00:00

gut feeling


Definition A phrase first used in the Bible* for intuition, which derives from the ancient view that the bowels were the centre of emotions.

As non-scientific as they appear, gut instincts are intimately intertwined with good medical practice: clinicians should know when to distrust lab results or further test a patient when things don’t seem right.

*In John 3:17 (the New Testament): But whosoever hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Synonyms Intuition, visceral sensation

References BMJ, 2012; 345 (sep25 2): e6144
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e6144  

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