Shamans as healers: When magical structure becomes practical function

@article{Humphrey2018ShamansAH,
  title={Shamans as healers: When magical structure becomes practical function},
  author={Nicholas Humphrey},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={41}
}
  • N. Humphrey
  • Published 6 April 2018
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract Singh's analysis has much to be said for it. When considering the treatment of illness, however, he begins from a shaky premise about uncontrollability and, so, fails to make the most of what shamanic treatments – as placebos – can deliver. 
The Population Dynamics of the Placebo Effect and Its Role in the Evolution of Medical Technology
The placebo effect, used today as the benchmark to evaluate treatment efficacy, plays a major functional role in traditional medical practices. To better understand its effect at the population

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