Manufacturing the placebo effect

Authors: Hardman, D.

Journal: Philosophical Investigations

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISSN: 0190-0536

DOI: 10.1111/phin.12341

Abstract:

In the context of modern medicine, the placebo effect is a troublesome and controversial phrase. In this paper, I use investigative ordinary language philosophy to try to get clear on what it means. In so doing, I uncover three points. (i) The placebo effect makes sense in research but not clinical practice. (ii) To make the phrase make sense in clinical practice, we must manufacture a situation in which we can change linguistic habits. (iii) Such action is not necessary because in clinical practice we do better with other, more settled words and phrases.

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Manufacturing the placebo effect

Authors: Hardman, D.

Journal: Philosophical Investigations

ISSN: 0190-0536

Abstract:

In the context of modern medicine, the placebo effect is a troublesome and controversial phrase. In this paper, I use investigative ordinary language philosophy to try to get clear on what it means. In so doing, I uncover three points. (i) The placebo effect makes sense in research but not clinical practice. (ii) To make the phrase make sense in clinical practice, we must manufacture a situation in which we can change linguistic habits. (iii) Such action is not necessary because in clinical practice we do better with other, more settled words and phrases.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/36560/

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