Placebo and Nocebo

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 198–199. Reviews the book, The Placebo Effect in Healing by Michael Jospe (1978). This book represents the most thorough, up-to-date review of the placebo effect. This book, after providing a general historical background, critically reviews laboratory, correlational, and clinical investigations of the placebo effect. Among the best chapters are those that focuses on methodological issues or attempt theoretical formulations that might lead to promising research. As the author points out, the placebo literature has been largely bereft of theoretical conceptualizations that might serve as a springboard for programmatic research. The author does not alert the reader to some of the more promising work underway on the biochemical mechanisms in the body's self-regulatory pain suppression system. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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