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Dr. Brody, who is both physician and philosopher, holds that the placebo effect is an "anomaly" within the current medical "paradigm," and that an adequate understanding of placebos requires a sound account of the mind-body relation. Most of his book is devoted to a critical survey of leading theories of mind and body, drawn from contemporary academic philosophy. The final two chapters discuss the ethics of placebo use and treatment implications, respectively.
The two concluding chapters are clear and suggestive. Brody holds that deceptive administration of placebo, besides being an affront to the patient's autonomy, generally produces more suffering than
Placebos and the Philosophy of Medicine. Clinical, Conceptual, and Ethical Issues.. Ann Intern Med. ;93:515. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-3-515_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(3):515.
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