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Placebo Effects

Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

60 pages
Hogrefe Publishing Corporation
The placebo effect is probably the most striking and well known demonstration of the interaction between psychological and somatic factors. This compendium by leading experts presents the latest findings on this complex psychobiological process. It provides insights into the underlying mechanisms and the neurobiological foundation of the placebo effect and shows how we can now develop principles for clinical application. Specific topics covered include placebo effects on physical performance and influence of verbal suggestions antidepressant placebo effects effect of patient involvement in treatment decisions on placebo effects assessing patient attitudes to and experiences with medication and transfer of the placebo analgesic effect to anti-itching medication.