Placebos in medicine

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.45-c (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:45

Pain that is relieved by placebo is not therefore unreal

  1. Nicholas D Moore, professor of clinical pharmacology (Nicholas.moore@pharmaco.u-bordeaux2.fr)
  1. Université Victor Segalen, 33076 Bordeaux, France

EDITOR—In his editorial on placebos in medicine Spiegel rightly says that it is not because pain is relieved by placebo that it is not real.1

I would go one step further. As Professor Raymond Villey, one of …

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