Understanding the Placebo Effect in Complementary Medicine: Theory, Practice and Research / Edition 1

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The placebo elicits more passionate debate, scepticism and personal belief than almost any other aspect of medicine. As yet there are no concrete answers - but many challenging observations and powerful effects occur daily in healthcare which need to be examined. This book will stimulate and inform every reader - from the experienced practitioner to the new student - who has ever asked, "What is the placebo really, and why should it matter to me?" Written in an accessible and engaging style with contributions from leading figures in healthcare, it tackles issues of the placebo effect in complementary medicine.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443060311
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/18/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Theory.
Medical Anthropology Perspectives.
The Mind/Brain/Body Connection.
The Clinical Impact of Placebo Responses — A Review.

Part Two: Clinical Implications.
Can We Optimise Non-Specific Effects? Transference Cures, Post-Modernism, Potencies and Placebos.
Transforming the Impossible Patient? Mind, Models and Methods, Therapeutic Touch and the Placebo Response.
Complementary Medicine Effectiveness Beyond the Placebo Response.

Part Three: Models for Research.
Unpicking the Tapestry, Research Into the Placebo Response.
Placebo Response and the Participative World View

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