The International Library of Bioethics

Placebo Effects: The Meaning of Care in Medicine

Authors: Louhiala, Pekka

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  • ​The first book that explores the conceptual confusion related to the concepts placebo and placebo effect
  • Performs a detailed analysis of the use and different meanings of the terms ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’ in scientific and philosophical literature
  • Studies the historical context in which these concepts were introduced into the medical vocabulary    
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About this book

This book provides a perspective on the concepts placebo and placebo effects, which has been missing so far: a detailed analysis of the history of the terms, their current use, suggested alternatives and the implications of the conceptual confusion. Everybody knows something about placebos and placebo effects. If, however, people are asked to define the concepts, the spectrum becomes wide. Does 'placebo' refer to an inert treatment or does it cover all elements of the patient-physician-interaction except for pharmacological or other physiological mechanisms? Furthermore, if, by definition, a placebo has no effect, what sense does it make to talk about a 'placebo effect'? Even in scientific literature the concepts ‘placebo’ and ‘placebo effect’ are used in many senses and often in a confusing way. While this book discusses many issues which keep puzzling physicians, it also covers the historical developments of the concepts of placebo and placebo effect as well as the conceptual confusion in the definitions. This book is intended for physicians, philosophers, psychologists and any other people interested in placebos, placebo effects and the physician-patient relationship.

About the authors

Pekka Louhiala is a lecturer in medical ethics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has degrees in both medicine and philosophy, and he also works as a part-time paediatrician in private practice. He has published on various topics in medical ethics, philosophy of medicine and epidemiology. His current academic interests include conceptual and philosophical issues in medicine, such as evidence-based medicine and placebo effects.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 32,09 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27329-3
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 39,51 €
77,99 € (listprice)
price for Spain (gross)
valid through December 31, 2020
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Placebo Effects: The Meaning of Care in Medicine
Authors
Series Title
The International Library of Bioethics
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27329-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27329-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27327-9
Series ISSN
2662-9186
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 134
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