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Re: placebo

Posted by alexandra_k on November 29, 2014, at 17:38:42 [reposted on February 15, 2015, at 21:14:48 | original URL]

In reply to Re: placebo alexandra_k, posted by Damos on November 29, 2014, at 0:17:50

> The answer to your question about whether they work if you know it's a placebo, would appear surprisingly to be yes. There was a BBC doco late last year or early this year 'The Power of the Placebo' I think it was, that was incredibly interesting even down to how the colour of tablets or capsules can effect peoples perceptions of their effectiveness.

Hey dude!!!

I always remember this episode of M*A*S*H... Where they ran out of pain pills so they gave this guy a placebo, because they didn't have anything else...

And there was some discussion about the ethics of that. Informed consent etc etc.

And ever since... I've wondered about whether people actually can give informed consent for placebo. Whether deception is a necessary component, I mean. Or whether the placebo effect is sub-conscious... Like how some emotions can't be restructured away... Maybe placebo effect is like that, too. Try and you might not want to belive in the power of placebo... It works!

Which strikes me as funny.

Mostly strange. But a little bit haha.




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