‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison

  title={‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison},
  author={Andrew Turner},
  journal={Biology & Philosophy},
  • Andrew Turner
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Biology & Philosophy
  • Robin Nunn has argued that we should stop using the terms ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’. I argue in support of Nunn’s position by considering the logic of why we perform placebo comparisons. Like all comparisons, placebo comparison is just a case of comparing one thing with another, but it is a mistake, I argue, to think of placebo comparison as a case where something is compared to ‘a placebo’. Rather, placebo comparison should be understood as a situation which sets-up the treatment and… CONTINUE READING
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