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May 12, 2004

Ethical Issues in Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2192-2194. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2193-b

To the Editor: Dr Miller and colleagues1 concluded that CAM has no scientifically proven effects and thus argued that it cannot be used as a placebo treatment. I would go a step further and suggest that placebo should not be used to treat patients in any form. The use of placebo always requires some form of lying to the patients, which is both ethically and logistically problematic.

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