Understanding the Placebo Effect in Complementary Medicine: Theory, Practice, and Research

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Contents
Contributors ix
Preface xi
Section 1 Theory 1
1. Placebos and nocebos: the cultural construction of belief 3
Cecil G. Helman
2. Towards a scientific understanding of placebo effects 17
Edzard Ernst
3. A critical reanalysis of the concept, magnitude and existence of placebo
effects 31
Gunver S. Kienle and Helmut Kiene
4. Behavioural conditioning of the immune system 51
Angela Clow
Section 2 Practice 67
5. How can we optimize non-specific effects? 69
James Hawkins
6. Some reflections on creating therapeutic consultations 89
David Reilly
7. Psychoanalysis, complementary medicine and the placebo 111
Robert Withers
8. Intersubjectivity and the therapeutic relationship 131
Janet Richardson
9. Placebo responses in bodywork 147
Phil Latey
10. Healing and Therapeutic Touch: is it all in the mind? 165
Stephen G. Wright and Jean Sayre-Adams
Section 3 Research 177
11. Non-specific factors in randomized clinical trials: some methodological
considerations 179
Anton J. M. de Craen, Angela J. E. M. Lampe-Schoenmaeckers and Jos Kleijnen

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