Monday, September 15, 2014
X is no better than a placebo.
Y is probably just a "placebo effect".
Treatment X is just a placebo.
Medicine X failed to beat a placebo in controlled clinical studies.
What is a placebo? What is a placebo effect? Are they real, fake, or something else? Is the placebo effect magic? No, but placebo effects are a paradox. Merriam Webster defines placebo effect thus:
"improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used"
Placebo effect is a real effect in response to a treatment that cannot cause the effect.
Posted by Tracy Kolenchuk