Placebos should be abandoned

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7054.427c (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:427
  1. Wilfrid Treasure
  1. General practitioner Muirhouse Medical Group, Edinburgh EH4 4PL

    EDITOR,—Jeffrey Mahon and colleagues report that n of 1 trials led to less use of theophylline without adverse effects on exercise capacity or quality of life in patients with irreversible chronic airflow limitation in a tertiary centre.1 This finding is valuable but highly specific and does not justify the larger trial that the authors advocate to confirm the result. As the authors go …

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