An explanation for the 'placebo' effect of bland ointment bases.

@article{Tree1975AnEF,
  title={An explanation for the 'placebo' effect of bland ointment bases.},
  author={S. B. Tree and Robin Marks},
  journal={The British journal of dermatology},
  year={1975},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={195-8}
}
Bland topical applications, containing no pharmacologically active ingredients, were found to have an antimitotic effect on the epidermis of the stripped dorsal skin of hairless mice. White soft paraffin, cetomacrogol cream A (B.P.), starch paste, and emulsifying ointment (B.P.) were applied for 24 h periods under occlusive dressing to the backs of mice. The antimitotic effect was present at the time of removal of the dressings and up to 72 h after removal. White soft paraffin had the maximal… CONTINUE READING

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