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(MS) Study (from 1994) showing different results when physicians were blinded vs not blinded

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  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    I'm just reading a book which mentioned this example

     
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  2. Jonathan Edwards

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    Quite interesting to see that in this case the 'placebo response' seems to be an effect on the doctors rather than the patients, although the bit about patients guessing their treatments is a bit confusing.
     
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  3. Cheshire

    Cheshire Senior Member

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    If I understood correctly a kind of reverse placebo effect targetting the neurologists. Really interesting
     
  4. snowathlete

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    cool study.
     
  5. alex3619

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    Avoiding researcher bias is a reason why double blinded experiments are so important. Its also why psychopsychiatry studies cannot be trusted - they cannot be double blinded.
     
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  6. Jonathan Edwards

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    Sort of a double whammy? (I began to wonder if psychopsychiatry is a delusion of psychiatry ... or a Freudian slip ...)
     
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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    [Humour] Sorry, I couldn't resist. I knew Freud was a drug addict, but a cross-dresser too?
     
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    he was not a drug addict. Cocaine was not considered to be an addictive drug back then.
     
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    Not by the standards of the day, but either sustained cocaine use is addictive, or it isn't, though there would be individual variance in addiction tendency. By today's standards he was a regular drug user, though my understanding is this was not life long. Did he ever give it up? I don't recall.
     

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