Letters Prescribing placebos

Value in the placebo response

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2685 (Published 25 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2685
  1. David C Flemming, anaesthesiologist1
  1. 1Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA 01440, USA
  1. dcflemming{at}aol.com

    If both subjective symptoms and physical signs of a physical disease respond to an inert process or substance, the patient did something that caused the response.1 If patients demonstrate this capacity to self treat, doctors should be asking at …

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