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Placebo's as pleasing treatments: History of the concept
  • Plato's cure for headaches involved a leaf coupled with a charm. Without uttering the charm at the moment of application, the remedy was not effective. We would call Plato's ...

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The fascinating story of placebos – and why doctors should use them more often

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Placebos were used in clinical trials in the 18th century to debunk "quack" cures. The so-called "non-quack" cures included bloodletting and feeding patients th...

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Early placebo trials that tested the effects of homoeopathy tablets revealed that doing nothing was better than both homoeopathy and allopathic (standard) medicine.

In the ...

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A review of over 50 placebo-controlled surgery trials shows that fake surgery worked as well as the real surgery in more than half the trials.

One famous study is from ...

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A placebo can work even if the patient does not believe it is a real treatment.

This can be because patients have a conditioned response to an encounter with their doctor. ...

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A comprehensive study published in 1999 found that placebo effects were caused by both expectancy and conditioning.

But some researchers argue that there is something mysterious about how p...

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It is accepted that placebos are not ethical because they require deceptions. But this view does not account for the evidence that we don't need deception for placebos to work.
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