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This comic is a joke about the difficulty of testing a drug that is supposed to block the placebo effect.
 
This comic is a joke about the difficulty of testing a drug that is supposed to block the placebo effect.
  
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A placebo experiment is used for testing a drug candidate. It has two groups: one that gets a real drug candidate, and one that gets a fake. The placebo effect describes the observation that the group that gets the fake often show signs of having received a working drug - though commonly weaker than in the group that gets an effective real drug.
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A placebo experiment is used for testing a drug candidate. It has two groups: one that gets a real drug candidate, and one that gets a fake. The placebo effect describes the observation that the group that gets the fake often show signs of having received a working drug - though commonly weaker than in the group that gets an effective real drug. In this comic, [[Cueball]] is trying to test a placebo blocker.
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This means that the one that gets the real thing will think that they got it because they did, and the group that gets the fake will think that they got the real thing because of the placebo effect, and this makes [[Hairbun]]'s head hurt.
  
 
[[Cueball]] states to [[Hairbun]], with a citation from the real world, that his team created a Placebo Blocker, a drug designed to prevent the placebo effect. Cueball begins to design a test for this new drug. Following typical experimental design, patients would be split into two groups: a control group, and the group that receives the treatment.
 
[[Cueball]] states to [[Hairbun]], with a citation from the real world, that his team created a Placebo Blocker, a drug designed to prevent the placebo effect. Cueball begins to design a test for this new drug. Following typical experimental design, patients would be split into two groups: a control group, and the group that receives the treatment.

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