What You Believe Can Improve Your Health — Science Proves It

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During World War II, when doctors ran short of morphine, they gave wounded patients a saline solution and told them it was morphine. According to a paper published by one of those doctors, Henry K. Beecher, 35% of the patients suffered less pain.

This is the origin story of the concept of placebos. Much has been done since then to measure the effectiveness of…

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