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What are Placebos? Are they good for you?

A placebo is commonly thought of as a thing; that is a pill , a device, a procedure that is employed by a healer to help or seem to help his or her patient. It is more instructive to think of it as an effect: the effect of a treatment that goes beyond its intended pharmacological or physiological effect. It is more or less a component of all healing. Reviewed 2009.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Working with your healthcare provider

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