Placebo effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution — can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation to plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit.


Reference : Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, ,  consulted on july 1st,2019

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