Placebo effects

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1640a (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1640
  1. Charlotte Paterson, General practitioner Warwick House Medical Centre, Taunton
  1. Somerset TA1 2YJ

    Psychological, sociological, and general practice research may elucidate effects

    EDITOR,--While I agree with E Ernst and K L Resch that the benefit of an intervention is based on “the optimisation of both the specific treatment effect and the true placebo effect,” I question their conclusion that the best way to research the complexity of the true placebo effect …

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