Ethics of prescribing fake medicine. – Slate

When is it kosher for doctors to prescribe placebos?

Plenty of doctors already give placebos as medicine. In a survey of 679 physicians published in 2008, more than 46 percent of respondents said they regularly prescribe placebos, usually in the form of a relatively harmless drug that they know has no effectiveness for the patient’s complaint. Bioethicists generally frown on such deceptions, out of concern that these lies will erode the patient-physician relationship…

putem“Open placebos” and the ethics of prescribing fake medicine. – By Christie Aschwanden – Slate Magazine.

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