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Father of all bias?

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1071
  1. Duncan Hunter, assistant professor.
  1. Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University, Kingston ON, Canada

    The minimisation of bias, the systematic deviation of results or inferences from truth, is a fundamental principle of medical research.1 Special care is taken by researchers to avoid and control for the 56 distinct types of bias catalogued.2 Yet the origin of the term “bias” remains obscure.3 Might it have originated from Bias of Priene, who lived in the 6th century BC?

    Bias of Priene was one of the seven sages of classical antiquity. These were the jet-setting academics of the …

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