Filler A memorable patient

Never underestimate a placebo

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1190
  1. J H Baron, honorary professorial lecturer, Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
  1. New York

    When I became a clinical student in 1952 medical wards had many patients with incurable chronic rheumatic heart disease. Mitral valv(ul)otomy had just started, and at the Central Middlesex Hospital Dr Keith Ball presented an outpatient who had been operated …

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