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The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Placebo effect is an alternative medical approach that doctors utilize in treating health issues. For years, people thought that placebo pills were inert drugs or medically illegitimate measures that have psychological effects on the patient, therefore alleviating the patient’s pain. However, in recent years, with the advent of technology, more studies are involving neurological aspects to the already-proven psychological aspects of the placebo effect. Yet there is still some opposition and much to be proven better on this topic. What is very important is that although there is opposition, there is growing recognition that the placebo effect may actually involve changes in brain chemistry, and that the placebo effect might be a fundamental part of good medical care that will one day be universally embraced by doctors and patients as well.

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