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

@article{Nunn2009ItsTT,
  title={It’s time to put the placebo out of our misery},
  author={Robin Nunn},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={338}
}
  • Robin Nunn
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
We need to stop thinking in terms of placebo. The construct of the placebo has shifted several times during its history, from the periphery to the mainstream of medicine, from the lie that heals to a confounding factor in experiments, and to powerful medicine.1 I hope we will see another shift as we look back without nostalgia on the placebo, just as we look back on Galenic medicine and its humours, which were once plausible and useful but whose time has passed. It’s facile, however, to cite… Expand
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