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    Contribute to writing the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities by explaining our rights by their corresponding responsibilities... More

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The Placebo Effect by Derek Howden

What is the origin and meaning of placebo ? Where does it fit in our lives and behaviour ? This article explores the following…

  • History of Placebo
  • Doctors use of Placebo through the times
  • My trainers were placebos
  • What doctors discovered
  • Belief and Expectation play a vital role in patient recovery
  • Implications and moral dilemmas of placebos