Article: Volume 48 Number 4 Page 260 - April 2021

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  Dent Update 2021; 48: 260-262

Guest Editorial:  ‘McNamara’s’ and Other Fallacies in Dentistry: Part 1

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Abstract: In 1984, Charles Handy, an Anglo-Irish philosopher, wrote a book entitled 'The Empty Raincoat.'1 In this elegantly written book, he popularized the phrase 'The McNamara Fallacy' although it had been described some years earlier by Daniel Yankelovich (1924–2017).

Author notes: Martin GD Kelleher, MSc, FDS RCPS, FDS RCS (Ed), FDS RCS (Eng), Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Bromley, Kent. email: