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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This book focuses on the theme of self-healing responses and offers discussion of theoretical frameworks and clinical perspectives on placebo response. Authors from psychology, psycho-immunology, and anthropology offer critical analysis of the existence, effects, responses, beliefs, and research considerations of placebo.
Purpose: The purpose of this thoughtful book is to share the authors' thoughts and clinical experiences regarding the human self-healing process-response and to explore the influence of this inter-subjective experience on healing outcomes. The authors, questioning the overemphasis on technology in medicine, attempt to advise readers on ways to facilitate pateints' self-healing and clearly articulate the clinician's role.
Audience: This book, although aimed at practitioners wishing to anaylze theory and application, is well suited for beginning and advanced students in a variety of the health disciplines e.g., nursing, social work, psychology, medicine. The editor and contributors, representing several disciplines, evidence academic and clinical experience and some are leaders in the the field of CAM in the United Kingdom.
Features: This book covers a wealth of topics central to placebo, such as assumptions both pro and con surrounding placebo, context and meaning of healing, placebo myths, dilemmas of the placebo concept, research such as behavioral conditioning and placebo, and the human to human interactions that could influence placebo effects. Best about the book is its blend of theory with clinical examples and cases and scholarly and practical commentary.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to the field of complementary - alternative - integrative medicine, as it complements other works in the field on placebo. Lending clinical accounts to the existing research, methodology, and theoretical body of knowlege, this book will serve both academics and practitioners alike.