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Take Two Sugar Pills and Call Me in the Morning: Placebos work, but are they ethical?

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): Philip R. Alper

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Funder(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Topic: Health (Pharmaceutical services)

Keywords: Medicine; Health; Placebo

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Placebos have been used effectively for years, both with and without the patient's knowledge and approval. Is it ethical to prescribe a placebo?