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Birth of the placebo effect: How an 18th century doctor’s bogus animal magnetism treatment ‘cured’ patients

Word spread amongst the Parisian upper class in the late 18th century: A new man in town had a novel ...
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‘Illusion of causality’ and why we trust our own experiences more than science

Did you cut out sugar and feel more energetic, take vitamin C and stop getting colds, switch to eating only ...
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Mind games: Do placebos have a place in modern medicine?

Doctors in Australia commonly give their patients a placebo treatment intended mainly to ease their minds, according to a new ...
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We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...