Pain and the placebo response.

  title={Pain and the placebo response.},
  author={Patrick D. Wall},
  journal={Ciba Foundation symposium},
  pages={187-211; discussion 212-6}
The placebo response is a powerful widespread phenomenon which relieves many conditions including pain. It depends on the patient's belief or expectation that the therapy is effective. It is an unpopular topic because it is confused with quackery or seen as an expensive artifact or taken to challenge the rationale of a therapy or to mock the reality of the senses. In order to avoid taking the subject seriously, myths are invented claiming that placebos work only on hysterics or hallucinators or… CONTINUE READING