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Interesting article on placebos
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For myself, I cannot imagine a doctor giving me a pill without my asking all kinds of questions about efficacy and side effects and looking it up in the physicians desk reference. Once I requested a different antibiotic because the pdr said it should not be given to diabetics. The doctor prescribed another but commented that no one ever complained before. Of course they didn't. I know people who, when asked what med they are on will say, a pink pill. They don't care.

However, when one son was very young he got an earache at night hours before I could run him to the doctor. He cried for a band aid for his ear but I foolishly told him the band aid wouldn't work. The doctor said I should have put a band aid on his ear. I learned.

Another daughter when in the fourth grade insisted her eyes were bad and she couldn't see the black board. The teacher sat her in the front of the class. When I had her eyes examined the doctor said she had perfect vision. I quietly asked him to prescribe plain glass which he did. The optician started to tell me about the prescription having no correction and I told him I knew but to put plain glass in the frames which my daughter happily picked out. Amazingly she said things were a lot better and she didn't have to sit in the front of the room anymore. I advised the teacher of what was going on. Fortunately I could afford the perfectly useless eyewear. Eventually she stopped wearing the glasses claiming her eyes were better.


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