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Placebo Prescription

October 16th, 2018

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 because their body thinks that this medicine will help, and in turn they miraculously improve. However, this is very rare and a placebo only serves to eliminate fluctuations in data. I don't think Doctors should be allowed to prescribe placebo pills to their patients as a medicine.

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