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The thinking doctor’s guide to placebos

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1020

Re: Placebolotherapy

Thanks for your excellent response. Satire seems to be the best way to deal with this article. Whatever has happened to the BMJ?

Still, some people obviously take the issues raised seriously. This reflects a sorry state of modern medicine, with so much confusion about the role of the doctor-patient relationship. We avoid looking at how much current recognised treatments may be inadvertent placebos.

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Competing interests: No competing interests

04 May 2008
D B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, NR6 5BE