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Sawbones: The Placebo Effect

An illustration of two blue snakes twisting around a radius and ulna bone topped with a handsaw coming off either side to form a caduceus staff. The snake on the left is wearing a red dunce cap and the snake on the right is wearing a red graduation cap. The background is a pop art style red to blue fade. At the bottom of the image it says “Sawbones” with “A marital tour of misguided medicine” written below that.

If the pill you’ve been taking has been helping you, but it’s really made of sugar, would you want to know? Those and other thrilling ethical questions await in our discussion of the placebo effect.

Music: ”Medicines” by The Taxpayers

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Transcript available here