The Placebo Effect

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We have probably all heard of this one.  Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham.  The placebo effect is the measurable, observable, or felt improvement in health not attributable to an actual treatment.  An inert substance, such as a sugar pill, pure water or saline, is substituted for an effective medical treatment without the knowledge of the patient.  The substance has no real medical value; however a patient may still improve merely because their expectation to do so is so strong.

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