Abstract

Long considered a fact of medicine and of clinical investigation, the placebo effect has recently been challenged. The thought of the great American psychologist and philosopher William James, particularly his understanding of the practical value of faith, helps to illuminate the nature of the placebo effect and the implications of this puzzling phenomenon for understanding healing and the practice of medicine.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 273-281
Launched on MUSE
2005-04-11
Open Access
No
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