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A placebo is a chemically inert substance prescribed more for the ment

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A placebo is a chemically inert substance prescribed more for the mental relief of a patient than for its effect on the patient's physical disorder. It is prescribed in the hope of instilling in the patient a positive attitude toward prospects for his or her recovery. In some cases, the placebo actually produces improvement in the patient's condition. In discussing the use and effect of placebos, a well-known medical researcher recently paid physicians the somewhat offbeat compliment of saying that physicians were the ultimate placebo.

By comparing a physician to a placebo, the researcher sought to imply that

(A) physicians should always maintain and communicate an optimistic attitude toward their patients, regardless of the prognosis
(B) the health of some patients can improve simply from their knowledge that they are under a physician's care
(C) many patients actually suffer from imagined illnesses that are best treated by placebos
(D) physicians could prescribe less medication and achieve the same effect
(E) it is difficult to determine what, if any, effect a physician's behavior has on a patient's condition

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A placebo is a chemically inert substance prescribed more for the mental relief of a patient than for its effect on the patient's physical disorder. It is prescribed in the hope of instilling in the patient a positive attitude toward prospects for his or her recovery. In some cases, the placebo actually produces improvement in the patient's condition. In discussing the use and effect of placebos, a well-known medical researcher recently paid physicians the somewhat offbeat compliment of saying that physicians were the ultimate placebo.

By comparing a physician to a placebo, the researcher sought to imply that


Pre-thinking: To find an option that shows a physician to improve a patient's health without actually providing a relevant treatment, just as a placebo substance does.


(A) Physicians should always maintain and communicate an optimistic attitude toward their patients, regardless of the prognosis. Wrong. This option doesn't mention the effect of physician's communication style on his/her patient's health.

(B) The health of some patients can improve simply from their knowledge that they are under a physician's care. Correct. This option shows that a patient can benefit by just knowing that he/she is under a physician's treatment, regardless of the quality of treatment provided.

(C) Many patients actually suffer from imagined illnesses that are best treated by placebos. Wrong. This option is not establishing any relationship between a patient's health and effect of his/her physician.

(D) Physicians could prescribe less medication and achieve the same effect. Wrong. This option is not establishing any relationship between patient's health and effect of his/her physician.

(E) It is difficult to determine what, if any, effect a physician's behavior has on a patient's condition. Wrong. This option is not establishing any relationship between a patient's health and effect of his/her physician.

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