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Old 31 January 2013, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Richard W View Post
I'd say that even if the "placebo effect" is a combination of the other things you've mentioned, it's still an effect. It still needs to be controlled for in a medical situation
Yes, it needs to be used for what it was always and only intended for: in experiments to control for non-specific effects on subjective reporting, not as a BS excuse for using treatments that don't work in the hopes that they will do something that they, unlike experimental protocols, have never been shown to do. I wouldn't care what anyone calls it if they didn't abuse it.
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