The Scientific World Journal

The Scientific World Journal / 2000 / Article

Commentary | Open Access

Volume 1 |Article ID 414503 | 1 page |

Placebo Effect


Nature and Science ran completely different news line-ups this week. But their lead stories agreed on one thing: patients matter. Nature led with a story about a group of patients who will share in a patent after giving blood and tissue samples to scientists. Science chose to lead with the controversial World Medical Association decision to recommend restricting the use of placebos in certain clinical trials.

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