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The placebo effect: Amazing and real

Posted November 02, 2015, 8:00 am Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications The placebo effect is a mysterious thing. Iíve long been fascinated by the idea that something as inert and harmless as a sugar pill could relieve a personís pain or hasten their recovery just by the expectation that it would. …

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