With evidence mounting that many minor operations owe their success to the placebo effect, is it time to call a halt to some routine procedures?
What’s the difference between a homeopath and a surgeon? It’s a question that sounds like a joke, and it won’t have many surgeons laughing. Homeopathy is the scientifically implausible idea that diluted substances can somehow treat disease: it has never been shown to work and any effect is, at very best, a placebo effect. It’s a world away from the glinting scalpels and cut-and-dried logic of surgery. See a problem, cut it out, sew it back up. Right?
Well, it is until you start looking for evidence of effectiveness for some operations, and then you’re left thinking that the line between the two is not as clear as you first thought.
You can no longer say, as a doctor, that homeopathy is rubbish because you’re doing the same thing
Risk to patients aside, it just means that we are wasting a hell of a lot of money