Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect' / Edition 1

Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect' / Edition 1

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by Daniel E. Moerman
     
 

Daniel E. Moerman presents a discussion of human reaction to the meaning of medical treatment. Many things happen in medicine that cannot be attributed to specific elements, such as drugs or surgical procedures. The same drug can work differently when presented in different colors; inert drugs (placebos, dummies) often have dramatic effects on people (the "placebo… See more details below

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Daniel E. Moerman presents a discussion of human reaction to the meaning of medical treatment. Many things happen in medicine that cannot be attributed to specific elements, such as drugs or surgical procedures. The same drug can work differently when presented in different colors; inert drugs (placebos, dummies) often have dramatic effects on people (the "placebo effect"); and effects can vary hugely among different European countries where the "same" medical condition is understood differently, or has different meanings, yielding different meaning responses. This lively book reviews and analyzes these matters in lucid, straightforward prose, guiding the reader through a very complex body of literature, leaving nothing unexplained but avoiding any oversimplification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521000871
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology Series, #9
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Pickle ash" and "high blood"1
Pt. IThe meaning response7
1Healing and medical treatment9
2The healing process16
3Measurement and its ambiguities22
4Doctors and patients32
5Formal factors and the meaning response47
6Knowledge and culture; illness and healing67
Pt. IIApplications, challenges, and opportunities87
7Psychotherapy: placebo effect or meaning response?89
8The neurobiology and cultural biology of pain100
9"More research is needed": The cases of "adherence" and "self-reported health"116
10Other approaches: learning, expecting, and conditioning122
11Ethics, placebos, and meaning127
Pt. IIIMeaning and human biology131
12The extent (and limits) of meaning133
13Conclusions: many claims, many issues147
References156
Index169

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