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The Placebo Effect: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

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A mere "symbol" of medicine--the sugar pill, saline injection, doctor in a white lab coat--the placebo nonetheless sometimes produces "real" results. Medical science has largely managed its discomfort with this phenomenon by discounting the placebo effect, subtracting it as an impurity in its data through double-blind tests of new treatments and drugs. This book is committed to a different perspective--namely, that the placebo effect is a "real" entity in its own right, one that has much to teach us about how symbols, settings, and human relationships literally get under our skin.

Anne Harrington's introduction and a historical overview by Elaine Shapiro and the late Arthur Shapiro, which open the book, review the place of placebos in the history of medicine, investigate the current surge in interest in them, and probe the methodological difficulties of saying scientifically just what placebos can and cannot do. Combining individual essays with a dialogue among writers from fields as far-flung as cultural anthropology and religion, pharmacology and molecular biology, the book aims to expand our ideas about what the placebo effect is and how it should be seen and studied. At the same time, the book uses the challenges and questions raised by placebo phenomena to initiate a broader interdisciplinary discussion about our nature as cultural animals: animals with minds, brains, and bodies that somehow manage to integrate "biology" and "culture," "mechanism" and "meaning," into a seamless whole.

Synopsis:

A mere "symbol" of medicine the placebo nonetheless sometimes produces "real" results. Medical science has largely managed its discomfort with this phenomenon by discounting the placebo effect. This book is committed to a different perspective--namely, that the placebo effect is a "real" entity in its own right, one that has much to teach us about how symbols, settings, and human relationships literally get under our skin.

About the Author

<>Anne Harringtonis Loeb Harvard College Professor and Professor for the History of Science at <>Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Placebo: Is It Much Ado about Nothing?
Arthur K. Shapiro and Elaine Shapiro

Clinical Reflections on the Placebo Phenomenon
Howard Spiro

The Nocebo Phenomenon: Scope and Foundations
Robert A. Hahn

The Doctor as Therapeutic Agent: A Placebo Effect Research Agenda
Howard Brody

Toward a Neurobiology of Placebo Analgesia
Howard L. Fields and Donald D. Price

The Contribution of Desire and Expectation to Placebo Analgesia: Implications for New Research Strategies
Donald D. Price And Howard L. Fields

The Role of Conditioning in Pharmacotherapy
Robert Ader

Specifying Nonspecifics: Psychological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects
Irving Kirsch

Placebo, Pain, and Belief: A Biocultural Model
David B. Morris

Placebo: Conversations at the Disciplinary Borders
Edited by Anne Harrington

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674669864
Editor:
Harrington, Anne
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Editor:
Harrington, Anne
Edited:
Harrington, Anne
Author:
Harrington, Anne
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Health Care Issues
Subject:
Pharmacology
Subject:
Laboratory Medicine
Subject:
Placebo
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
Medical-Pharmacology
Subject:
Medical Research
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Series:
Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
January 1997
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 line illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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