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It’s time to put the placebo out of our misery

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1568 (Published 20 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1568

No brave new world for placebo

Is Robin Nunn against placebo because it shows the emperor's new clothes of medicine? I doubt whether the debate about the definition of placebo is any more than a recognition that placebo can either be given intentionally or not. We don't want to admit that much of medicine is placebo and its unethical to use placebo intentionally for treatment. What's so complicated?

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01 May 2009
D B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS FT, Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1BU