<i>Miraculous cures</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI:
Miraculous cures

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This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the importance of expectation in determining the response to treatment. It tells the story of an AIDS patient whose health significantly improved while participating in a clinical trial, but later learned that he was part of the placebo group. It also talks about the practice of Franz Anton Mesmer.

Keywords: medical practice; patient care; expectation; AIDS patients; clinical trials; Franz Anton Mesmer

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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