A CRITICAL INDICATION OF CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PLACEBO IN MEDICINE
The rational for placebo in medicine is a dynamic one and its mutating ethical dimension is being fostered in three basic viewpoints which are: that placebo is obsolescent due to increase in diagnostic and medication possibilities; that placebo is fraud and deception of patients; and that placebo uses as medical research tool can be avoidable. In a nutshell, with advancements in medicine, placebo has grown morally vague to the extent that the imperative point of departure for a placebo ethics ought to be to find the moral foundation of placebo. Hence, alongside expounding a moral foundation of placebo in medicine, this paper brings critical insight to bear on the approach and the grounds warranting ethical valuation of placebo use in medicine today.
Keywords: Placebo, Placebo Ethics, PCT Ethics, ACET Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Placebo Justification
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