Why do Doctors Use Treatments That Don't Work?

As Voltaire said, "The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." Or, in modern parlance: most drugs work in only 30 percent or 50 percent of people. Because patients so often get better or worse on their own, no matter what we do, clinical experience is a poor judge of what does and does not work. Clinicians want to relieve suffering. They find it difficult to do nothing (the aphorism "Don't just do something, stand there!" seems ludicrous). Reasons...

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