Lexicon:Placebo, placebo effect

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Term: placebo, placebo effect
References: HMS Surprise, page 264
The Mauritius Command, page 92
The Hundred Days, page 16
Meaning: A placebo is any treatment or medicine that produces no physical effect on the body, a "sugar pill", but can nevertheless make a patient feel better when the patient believes in the efficacy of the treatment.


See also, Lexicon:Placebo (Guide for the Perplexed).

Additional information

Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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