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Placebo Talks: Modern perspectives on placebos in society

Amir Raz and Cory Harris


This book integrates perspectives from medicine, the social sciences, and beyond to explore the many facets and impacts of placebos in the twenty-first century. The chapter authors build on a broad yet cohesive body of evidence to examine placebos and placebo effects as they exist not only in clinical practice and research but also in education, government, industry, media, culture, and everyday life. The book first discusses placebos in the context of clinical trials and drug regulations, sub-therapeutic doses and psychiatry, ethics and deceptions, trust and the doctor–patient relationship, a ... More

Keywords: placebos, placebo effects, medicine, social sciences, perspectives, mind–body interactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680702
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amir Raz, editor
Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Canada

Cory Harris, editor
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Canada

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Part 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 Introduction: placebos in modern society

Veronica de Jong and Cory S. Harris

Part 2 The practitioner lens

Chapter 5 Trust and the placebo effect

Marie Prévost, Anna Zuckerman, and Ian Gold

Chapter 6 Placebo science in medical education

Natasha K. J. Campbell and Amir Raz

Part 3 The cultural lens

Part 4 The placebo lens

Chapter 12 Suggestion, placebos, and false memories

Melanie K. T. Takarangi and Elizabeth F. Loftus

Part 5 Concluding remarks

End Matter