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Half of doctors use placebo treatments

October 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
About half of American doctors in a new survey say they regularly give patients placebo treatments.It's not always good medicine and a new report shows your doctor knows that.

The National Institutes of Health says U.S. doctors regularly prescribe placebos.

In a survey of internists and rheumatologists, researchers find half of them admitted to prescribing placebo.

Sixty-two percent believed the practice to be ethically acceptable despite the fact they rarely told patients they were giving them placebos.

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