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Can placebo surgery ever be ethical?

Can placebo surgery ever be ethical?

Earlier this year the New Statesman ran an article about a medical study of a popular shoulder operation. In its own terms, the study was a great success; it showed that the operation does no real good. As a result, much unnecessary surgery will be avoided in future. The CSAW study (“Can Shoulder Arthroscopy Work?”) has been widely acclaimed as a model for future research. At the same time, however, this study highlights some disturbing issues ab..

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