Dave Hodgkinson davehodg at
Sat Sep 15 00:34:35 BST 2007

On 14 Sep 2007, at 18:42, paddy at wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 14, 2007 at 06:12:51PM +0200, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
>> On 14 Sep 2007, at 11:04, Andy Wardley wrote:
>>> 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"?
>> Placebo works even when the recipient knows it's a placebo. If the
>> doctor tells the
>> patient exactly what it is, I see no problem.

Talking of placebos:

Dave Hodgkinson
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