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Components of placebo effect: randomised controlled trial in patients with irritable bowel syndrome

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39524.439618.25 (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:999

Physicians are placebo !

This article just confirms one of the earliest teachings I got as a young first year medical students in the Buenos Aires faculty of Medicine : the physician is the first (and most important) part of the treatment that the patient recieves.Empathy,understanding and showing our patients that we really care for them as human beings and not as a "disease" help improve the chances of success.

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04 May 2008
Josef Panasoff
Senior staff member
Allergy Dept,Lin Clinic,Clalit Health services, Haifa,35152 'Israel