March 16, 2011

Placebos Help, But Not Same as Actual Medicine

Tom Burns, Guardian

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You report on a new study in Germany which finds that half the nation's doctors prescribe placebos (Mind-altering? Report endorses German GPs' use of placebos, 7 March). But the article risks causing confusion. It's wrong to say that, "Used to treat depression, placebos have the same effect as antidepressants in about a third of cases."

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