Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bad Science » All bow before the might of the placebo effect, it is the coolest strangest thing in medicine:

But the more interesting questions are around placebo.

Do drugs stop working if you know they are little better than a sugar pill? And do cultural factors, like our collective faith in a treatment, have a measurable effect on the benefits? On this, there has been a only tiny amount of highly tenuous research.

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