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Phys.org placebo effect wth?

  1. Sep 2, 2012 #1

    Simon Bridge

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    Has the author got the wrong end of the stick?

    He seems to be saying that the placebo effect is the bodies ability to heal itself without outside cause (beyond the patients beliefs).

    I understood "placebo effect" to be more when a patient feels better without getting better.

    Perhaps they are talking about the special case where a positive attitude improves immune response - despondent people tend not to get better as easily?
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