Placebos in medicine

BMJ 2004; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7481.45-b (Published 30 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;330:45

Is placebo analgesia always in the mind?

  1. Peter K K Au-Yeung, specialist anaesthetist (lovpetay@netvigator.com)
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Yan Chai Hospital, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China

EDITOR—Spiegel discussed placebos in medicine.1 A study published in the 1979 edition of Advances in Pain Research and Therapy offered a tantalising glimpse of a possible mechanism for placebo analgesia.2

A hundred …

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