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J R Soc Med. 2007 April; 100(4): 165.
PMCID: PMC1847729

Placebo management of psychogenic disease

In their article on placebo management of psychogenic disease, Lim and Seet (JRSM 2007;100:60-61) repeatedly state that administering placebos to patients ‘is a useful diagnostic test to distinguish between psychogenic and organic disease.’1 They do not provide a reference for this statement—presumably because there is no reliable original research to support this statement. In fact, this notion is based on a myth which has long hindered progress in understanding placebo-effects. It is time to abandon it!


Competing interests None declared.


1. Lim ECH, Seet CS. What is the place for placebo in the management of psychogenic disease? J Roy Soc Med 2007;100: 60-61 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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