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9th November 2004: Examining the Placebo Effect

Mind over matter: does it really work?

Water injections and sugar pills have been used for centuries to heal patients without recourse to real drugs. Banking on the known effect the mind can have on health, they employ the famous 'placebo effect'. But according to standard scientific rationalisation, the placebo effect should not exist.

What is really going on? How could humanity have evolved to link the brain and the body in such a way, and why isn't it infallible? How much do doctors rely on it nowadays?

We welcome Dr. Dylan Evans, a senior lecturer at the University of West of England, who has looked at the placebo effect in detail. Here he examines a possible theory for why the placebo effect acts as it does, and dissects the current scientific research into the phenomenon.


Come along and join us at 7pm in Blackwells Main Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford.
No ticket, no booking, no scientific background required.

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