‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison

@article{Turner2012PlacebosAT,
  title={‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison},
  author={Andrew Turner},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  year={2012},
  volume={27},
  pages={419-432}
}
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… Expand
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