John Henry on the insistence of Curt Schilling’s doctor that the Red Sox’ prescribed treatment program is doomed to certain failure:
"I didn’t appreciate that," said Henry. "That’s what you call a ‘nocebo.’ It’s the opposite of placebo. Usually, part of a doctor’s way of dealing with patients is . . . We all know the placebo effect is a huge effect. So giving your patient a ‘nocebo effect,’ to me that’s irresponsible."
I’m no doctor, but what Henry says makes sense. Almost invariably, you hear about dedicated, motivated people dedicated to busting the timetable coming back sooner than expected and better than expected. You certainly don’t hear them making statements like this:
"I don’t have any choice. If their course of action doesn’t work, I don’t pitch this year, I might not ever pitch again."
Forgive me if that leaves me wanting some more assurances about Curt’s motivation to fully commit himself to the Red Sox’ program.
At any rate, it’s certainly ironic that Schilling talked about medical egoes during his comments, in a seeming attempt to discredit the Red Sox’ decision, when the only doctor who feels compelled to repeatedly espouse the certainty of his theories in the press is Schilling’s.