Sorry for the off-topic
Posted Aug 19, 2012 23:10 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Diluted sugar
Parent article: Garzik: An Andre To Remember
In fact, you could argue it's unethical to withhold a placebo.
That argument could even be a suitable justification for homeopathic medicine. I am not sure if you want to go there. The thing is that the Hippocratic Oath
specifically says "never do harm", but not "avoid useless treatments". It could be argued that using the placebo effect can sooth both patients and their families, in cases where there is no known cure. Sugar pills cannot do any harm...
On the other hand, spreading unscientific theories is a much worse sin in my opinion.
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