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Cumbreland, Rhode Island, U.S.A. 1999 Paperback New 067466986x. FLAWLESS COPY, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--272 pages; clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or ... markings to the text. --TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction * 1 The Placebo: Is It Much Ado about Nothing? * 2 Clinical Reflections on the Placebo Phenomenon * 3 The Nocebo Phenomenon: Scope and Foundations * 4 The Doctor as Therapeutic Agent: A Placebo Effect Research Agenda * 5 Toward a Neurobiology of Placebo Analgesia * 6 The Contribution of Desire and Expectation to Placebo Analgesia: Implications for New Research Strategies * 7 The Role of Conditioning in Pharmacotheraphy * 8 Specifying Nonspecifics: Psychological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects * 9 Placebo, Pain, and Belief: A Biocultural Model * Placebo: Conversations at the Disciplinary Borders * Contributors * Index 254. --DESCRIPTION: A mere "symbol" of medicine-the sugar pill, saline injection, doctor in a white lab coat-the placebo nonetheless sometimes produces "real" results. Read more Show Less

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Overview

A mere "symbol" of medicine--the sugar pill, saline injection, doctor in a white lab coat--the placebo nonetheless sometimes produces "real" results. Medical science has largely managed its discomfort with this phenomenon by discounting the placebo effect, subtracting it as an impurity in its data through double-blind tests of new treatments and drugs. This book is committed to a different perspective--namely, that the placebo effect is a "real" entity in its own right, one that has much to teach us about how symbols, settings, and human relationships literally get under our skin.

Anne Harrington's introduction and a historical overview by Elaine Shapiro and the late Arthur Shapiro, which open the book, review the place of placebos in the history of medicine, investigate the current surge in interest in them, and probe the methodological difficulties of saying scientifically just what placebos can and cannot do. Combining individual essays with a dialogue among writers from fields as far-flung as cultural anthropology and religion, pharmacology and molecular biology, the book aims to expand our ideas about what the placebo effect is and how it should be seen and studied. At the same time, the book uses the challenges and questions raised by placebo phenomena to initiate a broader interdisciplinary discussion about our nature as cultural animals: animals with minds, brains, and bodies that somehow manage to integrate "biology" and "culture," "mechanism" and "meaning," into a seamless whole.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune - Peter Gorner
This book, drawing on contributions from fields as diverse as cultural anthropology, religion, pharmacology and molecular biology, reviews the roles of placebos in history and discusses the difficulties in making sense of them. At a time when quackery costs the nation an estimated $30 billion a year, such research couldn't be more timely.
New England Journal of Medicine - Gideon Koren
This book is based on a conference at Harvard University in December 1994, sponsored by the Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. It brought under one roof some of the leading authorities on placebo and placebo effects, giving many of the chapters the unique quality of coming straight from the "the horse's mouth." The placebo has become a familiar concept among biomedical researchers and practitioners since it became a prerequisite in randomized, controlled trials in the middle of this century. Yet the state of knowledge about the placebo effect in phenomenological terms...and as a neurobiologic construct...is still inadequate...This book highlights and aims at interdisciplinary dialogue...It will make fascinating reading for clinicians, neurobiologists, and students, as well as for philosophers and ethicists. More specifically, the book should be considered by those involved in all aspects of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Nature - John Galloway
The Placebo Effect helps to explain why medicine appears to be some way off relinquishing the certainty of faith for the uncertainty of science...This edited collection of reviews...repays reading for the nuggets of insight it gives into health care and its as yet not-so scientific underpinnings.
Isis - Marcia Meldrum
The concluding section [of The Placebo Effect] is almost too rich with ideas to be digested in a single session...As Anne Harrington states in her well-written introduction, the conference [on which The Placebo Effect was based] ended with no consensus, but it had given scientists and humanists the opportunity "to stretch in ways that promised to leave none of the parties involved in the undertaking unchanged." [The Placebo Effect] may offer [its] readers a similar opportunity.
Fact: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies - E. Ernst
The book is well worth reading for those with an interest in the subject. It is thought provoking and in many respects extraordinary.
Medical History - David Harley
The Placebo Effect...brings together some of the leading authorities to describe the state of the field, as it appears from their several disciplinary perspectives, and to outline future directions for research.
Chicago Tribune

This book, drawing on contributions from fields as diverse as cultural anthropology, religion, pharmacology and molecular biology, reviews the roles of placebos in history and discusses the difficulties in making sense of them. At a time when quackery costs the nation an estimated $30 billion a year, such research couldn't be more timely.
— Peter Gorner

Isis

The concluding section [of The Placebo Effect] is almost too rich with ideas to be digested in a single session...As Anne Harrington states in her well-written introduction, the conference [on which The Placebo Effect was based] ended with no consensus, but it had given scientists and humanists the opportunity "to stretch in ways that promised to leave none of the parties involved in the undertaking unchanged." [The Placebo Effect] may offer [its] readers a similar opportunity.
— Marcia Meldrum

Nature

The Placebo Effect helps to explain why medicine appears to be some way off relinquishing the certainty of faith for the uncertainty of science...This edited collection of reviews...repays reading for the nuggets of insight it gives into health care and its as yet not-so scientific underpinnings.
— John Galloway

New England Journal of Medicine

This book is based on a conference at Harvard University in December 1994, sponsored by the Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. It brought under one roof some of the leading authorities on placebo and placebo effects, giving many of the chapters the unique quality of coming straight from the "the horse's mouth." The placebo has become a familiar concept among biomedical researchers and practitioners since it became a prerequisite in randomized, controlled trials in the middle of this century. Yet the state of knowledge about the placebo effect in phenomenological terms...and as a neurobiologic construct...is still inadequate...This book highlights and aims at interdisciplinary dialogue...It will make fascinating reading for clinicians, neurobiologists, and students, as well as for philosophers and ethicists. More specifically, the book should be considered by those involved in all aspects of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
— Gideon Koren

The Lancet
To understand the placebo effect is to grasp simultaneously the success and the failure of medicine. This yin-yang comes through clearly in The Placebo Effect, which is based on the proceedings of a conference at Harvard University in late 1994. The speakers and discussants were all experts. Their charge at the conference, according to one participant, was "to create some destabilization of current thinking with respect to placebo effects." In this the text succeeds admirably...The power and the prevalence of placebo effects should interest any healer, and so should this book. From it one will learn that ultimately the placebo effect cannot be understood, for once we discover some detail of its mechanism, that knowledge will no longer be considered a placebo effect.
Medical History

The Placebo Effect...brings together some of the leading authorities to describe the state of the field, as it appears from their several disciplinary perspectives, and to outline future directions for research.
— David Harley

The Therapist
This book sets out to show that the placebo effect is a "real" entity in its own right, one that has much to teach us about how symbols, settings, and human relationships literally get under our skin.
Fact: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies

The book is well worth reading for those with an interest in the subject. It is thought provoking and in many respects extraordinary.
— E. Ernst

Chicago Tribune
This book, drawing on contributions from fields as diverse as cultural anthropology, religion, pharmacology and molecular biology, reviews the roles of placebos in history and discusses the difficulties in making sense of them. At a time when quackery costs the nation an estimated $30 billion a year, such research couldn't be more timely.
— Peter Gorner
Isis
The concluding section [of The Placebo Effect] is almost too rich with ideas to be digested in a single session...As Anne Harrington states in her well-written introduction, the conference [on which The Placebo Effect was based] ended with no consensus, but it had given scientists and humanists the opportunity "to stretch in ways that promised to leave none of the parties involved in the undertaking unchanged." [The Placebo Effect] may offer [its] readers a similar opportunity.
— Marcia Meldrum
Nature
The Placebo Effect helps to explain why medicine appears to be some way off relinquishing the certainty of faith for the uncertainty of science...This edited collection of reviews...repays reading for the nuggets of insight it gives into health care and its as yet not-so scientific underpinnings.
— John Galloway
New England Journal of Medicine
This book is based on a conference at Harvard University in December 1994, sponsored by the Harvard Mind, Brain, Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. It brought under one roof some of the leading authorities on placebo and placebo effects, giving many of the chapters the unique quality of coming straight from the "the horse's mouth." The placebo has become a familiar concept among biomedical researchers and practitioners since it became a prerequisite in randomized, controlled trials in the middle of this century. Yet the state of knowledge about the placebo effect in phenomenological terms...and as a neurobiologic construct...is still inadequate...This book highlights and aims at interdisciplinary dialogue...It will make fascinating reading for clinicians, neurobiologists, and students, as well as for philosophers and ethicists. More specifically, the book should be considered by those involved in all aspects of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
— Gideon Koren
Medical History
The Placebo Effect...brings together some of the leading authorities to describe the state of the field, as it appears from their several disciplinary perspectives, and to outline future directions for research.
— David Harley
Fact: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies
The book is well worth reading for those with an interest in the subject. It is thought provoking and in many respects extraordinary.
— E. Ernst
Elizabeth C. Penick
This splendid small book is the product of a 1994 conference on the placebo that was chaired by the editor, who is also Professor of the History of Science at Harvard. It contains a fine introduction, nine well-edited chapters by leaders in the field, and a transcript of dialogue that occurred among the contributors and other participants at the conference. The book provides a broadly focused introduction to, and historical review of, the placebo in the practice of medicine. All practitioners and students in health-related fields should find something to intrigue them, and possibly amaze them, in this very useful book. The editor points out that ""Placebo is Latin for 'I shall please' and is the opening phrase of the Catholic vespers for the dead, from which the medical term, ironically enough, is derived."" She remarks that ""Placebos are the ghosts that haunt our house of biomedical objectivity...."" The late Arthur Shapiro and his wife Elaine provocatively assert that, ""The panorama of treatment since antiquity provides ample support for the conviction that, until recently, the history of medical treatment is essentially the history of the placebo effect."" The chapters that follow review the placebo response in specific areas of study (i.e., pain reduction), conditioning, and the influence of cultural symbols on illness and physical suffering. This is a marvelously informative and interesting book that is likely to serve as the standard work on the placebo effect for many years.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Elizabeth C. Penick, PhD, ABPP(University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: This splendid small book is the product of a 1994 conference on the placebo that was chaired by the editor, who is also Professor of the History of Science at Harvard. It contains a fine introduction, nine well-edited chapters by leaders in the field, and a transcript of dialogue that occurred among the contributors and other participants at the conference.
Purpose: The book provides a broadly focused introduction to, and historical review of, the placebo in the practice of medicine.
Audience: All practitioners and students in health-related fields should find something to intrigue them, and possibly amaze them, in this very useful book.
Features: The editor points out that "Placebo is Latin for 'I shall please' and is the opening phrase of the Catholic vespers for the dead, from which the medical term, ironically enough, is derived." She remarks that "Placebos are the ghosts that haunt our house of biomedical objectivity...." The late Arthur Shapiro and his wife Elaine provocatively assert that, "The panorama of treatment since antiquity provides ample support for the conviction that, until recently, the history of medical treatment is essentially the history of the placebo effect." The chapters that follow review the placebo response in specific areas of study (i.e., pain reduction), conditioning, and the influence of cultural symbols on illness and physical suffering.
Assessment: This is a marvelously informative and interesting book that is likely to serve as the standard work on the placebo effect for many years.
Booknews
Thirteen contributors from the medical and social sciences address the provocative issue of whether the placebo effect (and the related nocebo negative expectation involved, e.g. in voodoo death) is much ado about nothing. Aspects of the phenomenon examined are: clinical reflections, new research agenda, placebo analgesia, and the role of biocultural conditioning. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674669864
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Series: Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Harrington is Loeb Harvard College Professor and Professor for the History of Science at Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Placebo: Is It Much Ado about Nothing?
Arthur K. Shapiro and Elaine Shapiro

Clinical Reflections on the Placebo Phenomenon
Howard Spiro

The Nocebo Phenomenon: Scope and Foundations
Robert A. Hahn

The Doctor as Therapeutic Agent: A Placebo Effect Research Agenda
Howard Brody

Toward a Neurobiology of Placebo Analgesia
Howard L. Fields and Donald D. Price

The Contribution of Desire and Expectation to Placebo Analgesia: Implications for New Research Strategies
Donald D. Price And Howard L. Fields

The Role of Conditioning in Pharmacotherapy
Robert Ader

Specifying Nonspecifics: Psychological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects
Irving Kirsch

Placebo, Pain, and Belief: A Biocultural Model
David B. Morris

Placebo: Conversations at the Disciplinary Borders
Edited by Anne Harrington

Contributors

Index

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