Skip to content

‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison. / Turner, Andrew.

In: Biology & Philosophy, Vol. 27, No. 3, 05.2012, p. 419-432.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Turner, Andrew. / ‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison. In: Biology & Philosophy. 2012 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 419-432.

Bibtex

@article{6426ce5aab57419cbc3ce57d20608807,
title = "‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison",
abstract = "Robin Nunn has argued that we should stop using the terms ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’. I argue in support of Nunn’s position by considering the logic of why we perform placebo comparisons. Like all comparisons, placebo comparison is just a case of comparing one thing with another, but it is a mistake, I argue, to think of placebo comparison as a case where something is compared to ‘a placebo’. Rather, placebo comparison should be understood as a situation which sets-up the treatment and control groups in a particular way; not as a case involving objects or procedures called ‘placebos’ employed in order to control for ‘placebo effects’.",
keywords = "Placebo, Placebo controlled trial, Clinical trials, Evidence-based medicine",
author = "Andrew Turner",
year = "2012",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1007/s10539-011-9289-8",
language = "English",
volume = "27",
pages = "419--432",
journal = "Biology and Philosophy",
issn = "0169-3867",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "3",

}

RIS - suitable for import to EndNote

TY - JOUR

T1 - ‘Placebos’ and the logic of placebo comparison

AU - Turner, Andrew

PY - 2012/5

Y1 - 2012/5

N2 - Robin Nunn has argued that we should stop using the terms ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’. I argue in support of Nunn’s position by considering the logic of why we perform placebo comparisons. Like all comparisons, placebo comparison is just a case of comparing one thing with another, but it is a mistake, I argue, to think of placebo comparison as a case where something is compared to ‘a placebo’. Rather, placebo comparison should be understood as a situation which sets-up the treatment and control groups in a particular way; not as a case involving objects or procedures called ‘placebos’ employed in order to control for ‘placebo effects’.

AB - Robin Nunn has argued that we should stop using the terms ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’. I argue in support of Nunn’s position by considering the logic of why we perform placebo comparisons. Like all comparisons, placebo comparison is just a case of comparing one thing with another, but it is a mistake, I argue, to think of placebo comparison as a case where something is compared to ‘a placebo’. Rather, placebo comparison should be understood as a situation which sets-up the treatment and control groups in a particular way; not as a case involving objects or procedures called ‘placebos’ employed in order to control for ‘placebo effects’.

KW - Placebo

KW - Placebo controlled trial

KW - Clinical trials

KW - Evidence-based medicine

U2 - 10.1007/s10539-011-9289-8

DO - 10.1007/s10539-011-9289-8

M3 - Article

VL - 27

SP - 419

EP - 432

JO - Biology and Philosophy

JF - Biology and Philosophy

SN - 0169-3867

IS - 3

ER -