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Dr. Bret Rutherford Investigates Placebo Effect: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Psychiatrist Wants Doctors to Take the Placebo Effect Seriously
December 18, 2013

Last year, Harvard psychologist Irving Kirsch made a major splash on CBS' "60 Minutes" by proclaiming that most antidepressant drugs were little better than placebos.

Placebos are the so-called sugar pills given to patients in clinical trials of new antidepressant drugs to test whether the drugs do better than the fake pills. "The difference between the effect of an antidepressant and the effect of a placebo is minimal for most people," Mr. Kirsch told CBS' Lesley Stahl. "It's not the chemical ingredients of the drugs that are making them better; it's largely the placebo effect."

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