One of the most widespread words in medicine is placebo and placebo effect, although it is not always clear what it means exactly. Recent progress in biomedical research has allowed a better clarification of the placebo effect. We know that this is an active psychobiological phenomenon which takes place in the patient's brain and that is capable of influencing both the course of a disease and the response to a therapy.
Since publication of the first edition of this book in 2008, there has been an explosion of placebo research, and this new edition brings the topic fully up to date. Throughout, the book emphasizes that there are many placebo effects and critically reviews them in different medical conditions, such as neurological and psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, immune and hormonal responses, as well as oncology, surgery, sports medicine and acupuncture. The psychosocial
context around the patient is crucial to the placebo effect, for example the doctor's words and attitudes, and throughout this is considered.
Exhaustive in its coverage, and written by a world authority in the field, this is the definitive reference text to the placebo effect - one that is essential for researchers and clinicians across a wide range of medical specialities.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 636 g
Dimensions: 233 x 161 x 23 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Review from previous edition 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 *