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On Placebos

Olivia Judson looks at the placebo effect.  Regarding the testing of an ulcer drug versus a placebo:

Intriguingly, the results varied from country to country, with Brazilians showing no placebo effect and Germans having a strong one. Why? No one knows, but it doesn’t appear to be because of anything inherently German: trials of drugs for hypertension found a weaker placebo effect in Germany than in other countries.

Posted by Will Baum, LCSW