Covering the Placebo Effect

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“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” –Hippocrates

Most people would agree that with minor ailments, our state tends to improve if we are met with compassion; for instance, if we are consoled, if we think positively or if we distract ourselves. Most would also acknowledge that blood pressure, pulse and sweating increase when we are anxious or nervous. But few would associate such obvious physical changes with inherent mental abilities to self-heal or self-harm.

According to the definition by philosopher and medical researcher Jeremy Howick, placebos are treatments whose core components such as a pill, injection or surgical procedure are inert relative to the disorder but, when administered in a meaningful context, can have a beneficial effect.

Placebos have been used throughout human history… continue reading Overview

Covering the Placebo Effect

Compiled by Anders Bolling for FJN

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