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on 31 December 2010
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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on 27 April 2011
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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on 10 February 2014
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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on 11 April 2013
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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on 13 February 2010
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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