A CRITICAL INDICATION OF CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PLACEBO IN MEDICINE

  • Chimezie Nnadozie, Franca Nneka Alaribe, Victor Nnadozie 1Department of Philosophy, John Vianney Seminary, Pretoria, South Africa 2Department of Biomedical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa 3Teaching and Learning, College of Humanities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

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

Published
2017-10-07
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