Nocebo: the power of suggestibility.

  title={Nocebo: the power of suggestibility.},
  author={H. Spiegel},
  journal={Preventive medicine},
  volume={26 5 Pt 1},
  • H. Spiegel
  • Published 1997
  • Medicine
  • Preventive medicine
  • A useful way to summarize the placebo-nocebo theme is to consider the tension and interaction between conviction and responsibility. With the conviction of the mainstream biomedical paradigm prevalent today, it would be tempting to say to Dr. Engel's patient: "That question is nonsense. Cancer pain is not classified as 'male' or 'female.' Pain varies with location in the body and other factors." This response is technically honest but, in effect, it would have the impact of a nocebo. It would… CONTINUE READING
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