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Blair said that to be completely honest with patients -- to tell them they were receiving a fake treatment -- would sabotage their belief in the drug, and thus, undermine any potential benefit.
But Brown didn't agree. For certain patients, like those with mild depression or anxiety, he said placebos were likely to work just as well as established therapies.
He said that even if doctors acknowledge they are giving such patients a placebo medication, but say it could be beneficial, "it might just actually work."
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