16 November 2005


Placebo Effect

Threadcount Climbingvine went to the doctor complaining of depression. The doctor prescribed several drugs which had been highly recommended by the sales forces of the drug makers. Threadcount bought the pills and put them in her medicine cabinet. While the drugs remained on the shelf, unopened, for several months, Threadcount got better and better. When the drugs went past their expiration dates, Threadcount threw them away. She started feeling worse. So the got refills for all her drugs and began feeling better again, even though she never took a single pill. Threadcount reassessed her notions of how the world works.

I so love your work, Mario. Huge enjoyment of the last several posts - always moved. Thank you.
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