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Placebos: Can we use them? Should we use them?

The Point Blog | By Amy Givler, MD | September 29, 2016

Don’t we all want to please? That is what “placebo” means, after all—“I shall please.” Yes, if it is possible to provide good healthcare while making patients happy, then by all means let us make them happy. Let’s be warm and caring in our attitudes, for starters. But what if our patient has an illness for which there is no effective treatment? Can we give a placebo, saying it is the latest, greatest cure for what ails them?

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