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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Miraculous cures

Miraculous cures

(p.111) 27 Miraculous cures
Where's the Evidence?

William A. Silverman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the importance of expectation in determining the response to treatment. It tells the story of an AIDS patient whose health significantly improved while participating in a clinical trial, but later learned that he was part of the placebo group. It also talks about the practice of Franz Anton Mesmer.

Keywords:   medical practice, patient care, expectation, AIDS patients, clinical trials, Franz Anton Mesmer

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