GENERAL Essay Topic 2018 - Should medical doctors have the authority to prescribe placebo pills to their patients?
A placebo pill is a pill that has no medicinal effect whatsoever. It is effectively an empty pill. It is often used as a control in new drug research to eliminate the psychological factors of disease progression. Meaning, sometimes patients get better not because the drug is effective but becaus...
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we strongly OPPOSE this motion that would authorize medical doctors to prescribe placebo pills to their patients. We consider that the deception that goes with prescribing placebo is absolutely unethical and unacceptable. We, in the opposition team, believes that in no circumstances doctors can deliberately lie to patients.
Our second point is equally strong, related to the small importance of the placebo effect in most situations.
Our third point will address the consequence for the patients of discovering that patients lied to them : as soon as the patients discovers that the drug they take is a “fake one”, the positive effect (if any) will stop. Further, when they realize that doctors played with them, some negative effects can develop such as depression, anxiety or even anger.
At this time, (our fourth point) the patient’s trust for his/her doctor will be seriously affected, which has long term important consequences. A personal Doctor is a key person in the life of a patient, to be a confident and to take care of many personal problems - when the trust is not there anymore, it means that the relationship is over.
Overall, we believe that authorizing doctors prescribing placebo and lying to patients is a very dangerous decision that can have dramatic consequences for many patients.Read more