Placebo Effect

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  • A form of treatment that is psychological in nature and routinely used by the medical field. A placebo is any type of medical inter vention (including inactive drugs, counseling, or surgery) designed to improve one's condition merely through the power of suggestion. This is also known as a subject expectancy effect and occurs when a patient's symptoms are altered in some manner by an otherwise inert treatment due to the individual believing that it will work. This effect occurs when a patient takes an inert substance in combination with a suggestion that the pill will aid in healing and the patient's condition will improve. This effect has been shown to be robust through experimental research, whereby those who are assigned to receive placebo therapy are ...

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