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Letters Prescribing placebos

Illusion is disease mongering

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2686
  1. Alain Braillon, hepatologist1,
  2. Aurore Bernardy-Prud’homme, resident doctor1
  1. 1University Hospitals, 80000 Amiens, France
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    Tilburt and colleagues show that most specialists are either practising magic or are insane—that is, prescribing a placebo and saying so.1 The placebo “effect” is well known: in the 18th century Benjamin Franklin and Antoine …

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