Andy Wardley abw at
Fri Sep 14 10:04:07 BST 2007

McGlinchy, Alistair wrote:
> I re-"erm" your "erm". What was wrong with Dave's comment?

I un-"re" your re-"erm".

There is an argument which goes: if the patient wants to be cured, and the 
placebo effect has a good chance of helping with that recovery process, then 
what *is* wrong with the doctor giving the patient a sugar pill and telling 
them "This'll cure you by this afternoon"?

I'm not necessarily making that argument, but I think it's a valid argument to 
be made nonetheless.  Telling fibs is bad, but making people better is good. 
Grey area.


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