Placebo refers to a procedure, agent, or treatment that, on the surface, should have an inert or no therapeutic impact. The placebo effect is the response an individual has to the introduction of a placebo. The word placebo comes from a Latin verb connoting “I shall please.” Medical history contains numerous accounts of the use of placebo to address and treat the troubles and desires of patients throughout the recorded history of the world. From the current use of pharmaceuticals to the historic use of drugs derived from minerals, vegetables, and other animal origins extending all the way to seemingly strange practices involving animal and human excrement, humanity has turned to an astonishing array of treatments for its varied ills. To achieve potency from the ...

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