Most of us are familiar with the idiom "can't see the forest for the trees," which refers to people who get so involved with details that they lose sight of the larger issue.
Philosophers of science have identified this as a particular problem in their field--for example, scientists who like to break data or examination into its smallest parts and then subspecialize with dozens of disciplines such as cell physiologists, membrane chemists, and specialists in mitochondrial function.
The same problem can arise in medicine. Indeed, I am often asked, "What is important to know to be healthy?" as though there is a single key detail that might unlock the door to overall good health.
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