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Placebo free pdf An explanation of how the body's natural healing mechanisms work - and how they can be triggered in non-chemical ways via the "placebo effect". Can we really cure ourselves of disease by the power of thought alone? Faith healers and alternative therapists are convinced that we can, but what does science say? Contrary to public perception, orthodox medical opinion is remarkably confident about the healing powers of the mind. Since the 1950s, doctors have been taught that placebos such as sugar pills and water injections can relieve virtually any kind of medical condition. Yet placebos only work if you believe they work, so the medical confidence in the power of the placebo effect has provided scientific legitimacy to popular claims about the healing powers of the mind. In this intriguing exploration, Dylan Evans exposes the flaws in the scientific research into the placebo effect and reveals the limits of what can and cannot be cured by thought alone. Drawing on new ideas in immunology and evolutionary biology, Evans proposes a new theory about how placebos work, and asks some searching questions about our concepts of health and disease.

About Dylan Evans

Dylan Evans is currently Research Officer in Evolutionary Robotics at the University of Bath. Previously he was a Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at King's College London, where he was involved in a project on the evolution of the emotions. His previous books include Emotion: The Science of Sentiment and Introducing Evolutionary Psychology. He contributes regularly to the Guardian, and broadcasts frequently.

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Author : Dylan Evans
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Data Published : 19 January 2004
ISBN : 0007126131
EAN : 9780007126132
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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