The placebo effect: Is achieving trial success all in our minds?

27 May 2019

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The placebo effect: Is achieving trial success all in our minds?

The placebo response, and other closely related phenomena, have been a constant source of fascination since they were first described and although precise, well demarcated definitions of the effects may not exist (1-3) the broad related areas of research have never been starved of attention. Over the last decade we have observed a great increase in the amount of dedicated experimental work performed on these processes (4,5), and ultimately,we have arrived at a consensus that they constitute real psychobiological phenomena with fundamental implications for the pathophysiology and management of medical conditions (6-9).

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