Nicely done, Awais! The points you make dovetail very neatly with the piece I did for Psychiatric Times, in which I discuss the nature of the placebo condition; what the "15%" figure in the Stone et al study really means for clinicians; and why a narrow fixation on numbers can obscure the main reason psychiatric medications are worthwhile; i.e., because they reduce, even if modestly, the suffering and incapacity of extremely debilitating and sometimes lethal illnesses.


All the best,


Ronald W. Pies, MD

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

SUNY Upstate Medical University

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