Ed. Placebo effects might in part be explained by the ability of meaning per se (Moerman and Jonas 2002) to affect immune response. While “Medicine’s symbolic reality is the first principle of medical anthropology” (Moerman), solid evidence about the semiosis (see Introduction to this volume) of placebo effects is still very much needed.
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Publication information: Book title: Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems. Contributors: James M. Wilce Jr - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 222.
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