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When the history of our times is written we may be known as the era of poisons and placebos. Virtually all drugs have side-effects and therefore have varying degrees of toxicity. Inactive drugs are placebos—and they too have side effects of their very own. Thus we are enveloped in an era of pharmacological anxiety, which, it must be said, is justifiable in some measure. But it is extraordinary that the list of drugs considered ineffective is growing, and at the same time the