Semantics of the placebo

  title={Semantics of the placebo},
  author={Arthur K. Shapiro},
  journal={Psychiatric Quarterly},
  • A. Shapiro
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatric Quarterly
SummaryWith increased interest in the placebo effect and clinical methodology, definitions of the placebo have proliferated. But there is little agreement among lexicographers, historians, clinicians, and researchers about how to define this word.Derivations of the wordplacebo from the Hebrew and Latin and its use in the Bible and literature were reviewed. Historical inaccuracies in classical references to the placebo's origin, history, and development were corrected. An explanation was given… 
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