The Significance of the Placebo Effect

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  • The Significance of the Placebo Effect
    • What is it?
      • Psychological theories about why and how it occurs in the mind.
      • Biological reasoning - what happens in the brain?
    • The history of its use in medicine
      • Notable case studies
      • Was it always used in drug trials, or other aspects of medicine as well?
      • Who was the first to coin the term - who discovered it?
      • Effectiveness at relivieng symptoms through time
      • Comparisons to the real medication - are there statistical differences in their effectiveness?
    • Ethical Issues
      • The 4 pillars of medical ethics - autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice
        • Does this limit their use in medicine?
      • Should they be used in hospitals?
    • The power of the mind
      • Do we have the potential to treat ourselves without chemical interference?
      • Is everyone equally susceptible to the effects of this phenomenon?
        • And therefore can it be used a universal treatment?


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