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"What is unfortunate is that it might well be quite legitimate to discuss the benefits and risks of offering inert treatments, like homeopathy, to cancer patients if the patient feels they get benefit through some sort of placebo effect. But this is not a debate about clinical evidence, it is a debate about clinical ethics — is it acceptable to tell a patient a pill may work for them when we know it is just a placebo?" The Quackometer (14th April 2009)