Precision Medicine Versus Procrustean Beds

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Procrustes, a son of Poseidon from Greek mythology, had a bed that he claimed would fit anyone. He lived on the sacred way between Athens and Eleusis and would invite every passerby to spend the night. If the visitor were too tall for the bed, then their feet would be chopped off, and if they were too short for the bed, they would be stretched until they were the same length as the bed—a gruesome way to ensure “one size fits all.” Thus, a Procrustean bed has become proverbial for arbitrarily forcing something to fit into an unnatural system.
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