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 Definition A treatment or drug, administered by, or at the orders of, a health professional, that the professional knows will have no physiologic effect [d] [e]

Intention vs expectation

Gareth, I notice Cullen used a lower dose of a medicine that would be used in a less grave case. Our wording then states the he did not "intend" for it to work. Can you tell, from your knowledge of Cullen, whether it was he "intended" it not to work versus his not "expecting" it to work. Did he really intend it not to work?D. Matt Innis 01:55, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

The effect of placebos even when the patient knew it was a placebo

I recently read a study that showed that, even when a patient knew that they were being treated with a placebo, they reported a statistically significant improvement over those that were not treated. Have you seen it? D. Matt Innis 01:59, 17 January 2011 (UTC)