|Karen S. Rommelfanger|
Take Two Placebo Pills and Call Me in the Morning
Jane has suffered from debilitating headaches for the past year. After a number of referrals, and no medical explanation for her headaches, she meets Dr. Smith, who prescribes her 100mg of Vitamin X. Dr. Smith tells her that, "This has helped others with your condition.
"Finally experiencing relief from her headaches, Jane says, "This is the best I've felt in years. Vitamin X is a miracle cure." When Dr. Smith is asked by his colleague about the prescription for Vitamin X and Jane's recovery, Dr. Smith says, "I don't know why it worked. Vitamin X doesn't cure headaches, but I thought she might get better if I just prescribed her something, and I didn't think it would hurt for her to have some extra Vitamin X in her diet."
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