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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199559120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199559121
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Benedetti is highly analytical in his approach and, at the same time, has the ability to explain complex matters so that they are easily understood. This book should be a must for all who struggle to make sense out of the intriguing phenomenon we call placebo. (Pharmaceutical Press)

Benedetti's book is a lucid and extensive review entrenched in the neuroscience of placebo research and heralding the importance of this area of study. (PsycCRITIQUIES)

... comprehensive and thoughtful volume ... All physicians could learn much from this volume. (New England Journal of Medicine)

The breadth of topics addressed ... make this book an important read for anyone in the medical field. (Journal of the Neurological Sciences)

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Highly commended in the Medicine Category of the BMA Book Awards 2009

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilary Holly on 27 April 2011
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This is a very thorough review of the medical research literature on the placebo effect, by one of the key researchers of recent years. It is packed full of summaries of numerous research studies. It is therefore something of an effort to read, though really is well written, the effort is because of the huge amount of information contained within it. For a summary of the research on the placebo effect, I don't think it can be beaten. As with any author, his own views no doubt influence the interpretation he places on the results in subtle ways. Well worth the read for anyone interested in this subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Hubbard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2010
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Having used this book as part of an undergrad psychology dissertation, it is a very interesting read which documents the latest advances in placebo effect research over the last few decades. The author is the most prominent researcher in the Placebo Effect to date, and the book contains the latest research in the field. Their background is on the placebo effect in pain (as is much of the research in the field) and so this book does focus slightly more on this area. It does cover other areas including the origins of the placebo effect by Beecher back in the 1950s, the effect of suggestion within clinical settings, and specific diseases such as Parkinson's Disease and placebo surgery!

This book provides a clear and compelling case for arguing the placebo effect is a real phenomena, and is an interesting general read, but may also be relevant for those with psychological or medical backgrounds.
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By kristina on 10 Feb. 2014
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I'm studying psychology, and was adviced to buy this book, and I'm very happy that I did. I can only recommend it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Adam Jacobs on 11 April 2013
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I've struggled through the first chapter of this book, and so far it's very well written and fascinating. However, it's written in such a small font size it's really hard to physically read it.

Maybe it's not so bad for the younger folk with good eyesight, but if you're over 40, I strongly recommend you try and get hold of an ebook version instead if you want to read it.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By books on 13 Feb. 2010
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Excellent look at the research on placebo's,what they can and can't do,also the ethics of using them.
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