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The relativity of ‘placebos’: defending a modified version of Grünbaum’s definition

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Debates about the ethics and effects of placebos and whether ‘placebos’ in clinical trials of complex treatments such as acupuncture are adequate (and hence whether acupuncture is ‘truly’ effective or a ‘mere placebo’) rage. Yet there is currently no widely accepted definition of the ‘placebo’. A definition of the placebo is likely to inform these controversies. Grünbaum’s (1981, 1986) characterization of placebos and placebo effects has been touted by some authors as the best attempt thus fa...

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10.1007/s11229-015-1001-0

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences
Publisher:
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht Publisher's website
Journal:
Synthese Journal website
Volume:
194
Issue:
4
Pages:
1363–1396
Publication date:
2016-01-22
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EISSN:
1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
URN:
uuid:a620ae7a-4cb3-4fd0-bd5e-5745bd406f5f
Source identifiers:
599073
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pubs:599073
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