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Ethicist: Studies have documented the capacity of placebos

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Ethicist: Studies have documented the capacity of placebos [#permalink]

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Ethicist: Studies have documented the capacity of placebos to reduce pain in patients who believe that they are receiving beneficial drugs. Some doctors say that they administer placebos because medically effective treatment reinforced by the placebo effect sometimes helps patients recover faster thatn good treatment alone. But administering placebos is nonetheless ethically questionable, for even if a placebo benefits a patient, a doctor might, for example, have prescribed it just to give the patient satisfaction that something was being done.

The ethicist's argument depends on which one of the following assumptions?

A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not consideration in administering medical treatment
B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so.
C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo-effect alone is ethically indefensible
D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in adminstering a placebo.
E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a doctor.
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15 Sep 2005, 19:01
A) A patient's psychological satisfaction is not consideration in administering medical treatment
It is considered - as per the first sentence in the argument
B) The motivation for administering a placebo can be relevant to the ethical justification for doing so.
My choice. If the doctor administers it for relief of pain, that's ethical but not if it prescribed to deceive the patient into thinking something was being done.
C) Medical treatment that relies on the placebo-effect alone is ethically indefensible
Not implied in the argument
D) The pain relief produced by the placebo effect justifies the deception involved in adminstering a placebo.
Not implied in the argument
E) Administering a placebo is not ethically justified if that treatment is not prescribed by a doctor.
Not relevant
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15 Sep 2005, 19:13
Good explanation, anandsebastin.
I agree. (B)
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16 Sep 2005, 08:42
I picked B as well. It's the answer choice most in line with the passage. All the other answers fail the negation test.
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16 Sep 2005, 08:56
What is wrong with D???
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16 Sep 2005, 09:11
riteshgupta1 wrote:
What is wrong with D???

The deception is nowhere justified in the passage. It's only stated that doctors do use it for alleviation of pain.
Hope that clears it up a little!
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16 Sep 2005, 21:39
Good one! My choice is B!
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16 Sep 2005, 23:57
I'm still not convinced with B.
I guess, it shud be C.

OA/OE Plz.

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17 Sep 2005, 14:10
B.

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17 Sep 2005, 22:24
I wld go for C
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17 Sep 2005, 22:45
I will pick D.

What is the OA
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18 Sep 2005, 06:23
My choice is D
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18 Sep 2005, 23:12
B Does sound good. But why is "A" not a possibly answer?
18 Sep 2005, 23:12
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