The placebo effect: illness and interpersonal healing.

  title={The placebo effect: illness and interpersonal healing.},
  author={Franklin G. Miller and Luana Colloca and Ted J. Kaptchuk},
  journal={Perspectives in biology and medicine},
  volume={52 4},
The placebo effect has been a source of fascination, irritation, and confusion within biomedicine over the past 60 years. Although scientific investigation has accelerated in the past decade, with particular attention to neurobiological mechanisms, there has been a dearth of attention to developing a general theory of the placebo effect. In this article, we attempt to address this gap. To set the stage, we review evidence relating to the reality and clinical significance of the placebo effect… CONTINUE READING