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Arthroscopic Surgery – Just a Placebo Effect?

Introduction After 1912, when the first arthroscopic surgery (i.e. arthroscopy) was performed by danish physician, Severin Nordentoft, surgeons began performing arthroscopic surgeries to help relieve severe osteoarthritis patients’ knees. For many decades this surgery was considered extremely beneficial, providing up to 50% of patients with real, measurable relief. Arthroscopic surgery worked, doctors believed, by repairing…

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Perkins Tractor – An 18th Century Placebo

Introduction to the Perkins Tractor The story of the Perkins Tractor is one of the earliest accounts of the placebo effect in western medicine. The Tractor was a device invented and patented by the American doctor, Elisha Perkins, in 1796.  Dr. Perkins claimed that the special metal alloys in the Perkins Tractor could cure pain and…

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Placebo Research

Introduction to Placebo Research This page introduces you, specifically, to the world of placebo and placebo effect research. On this page, you’ll find quick history of placebo research, a summary of various components of placebo research, a sense for where placebo effect research is headed, and additional resources that can help you to better investigate…

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Placebo Effect: A Beginner’s Guide

An Overview of All Things Placebo This resource is a beginner’s guide to the placebo effect. On this page, you’ll find the placebo effect definition, a quick primer on the placebo effect, an overview of how the placebo effect works, links to a directory of important placebo studies, and a glossary of important placebo effect…

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The Powerful Placebo

The Defining Event That Led to the Publication of “The Powerful Placebo” The Powerful Placebo was a groundbreaking publication written by Dr. Henry Beecher in 1955 that perhaps never would have been written if not for shortage in medical supplies the doctor experienced during World War II. During the war, Dr. Henry Beecher was tending…

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The Ever-Evolving Placebo Definition

The placebo definition has evolved as physicians and people have evolved in their own understanding of the placebo effect. Even in recent years, the definition of placebo continues to be in a state of flux. History of the Placebo Definition The first instance of a placebo definition can be traced to the 14th century. It…

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