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


The placebo elicits more passionate debate, scepticism and personal belief than almost any other aspect of medicine. As yet there are no concrete answers - but many challenging observations and powerful effects occur daily in healthcare which need to be examined. This book will stimulate and inform every reader - from the experienced practitioner to the new student - who has ever asked, "What is the placebo really, and why should it matter to me?" Written in an accessible and engaging style with contributions from leading figures in healthcare, it tackles issues of the placebo effect in complementary medicine.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Cecil G. Helman
  • Edzard Ernst
  • Gunver S. Kienle
  • Helmut Kiene
  • Angela Clow
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2001


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