Placebo Effect

Authored by: Thomas R. Stiger , Edward F. C. Pun

Encyclopedia of Biopharmaceutical Statistics

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781498733953
eBook ISBN: 9781351110273
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781351110273-130001162

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Abstract

Prior to the advent of modern medicine, many medications prescribed as a part of medical practice were subsequently found to be pharmacologically inert. This entry examines how despite this fact, people felt they were being helped by the drug, an occurrence known as the placebo effect. The entry also discusses the role of this effect in modern clinical trials.

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