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Part 1: General concepts and mechanisms 1: The traditional concept of placebo 2: A modern view of placebo and placebo-related effects 3: Placing placebo effects within the context of the doctor-patient relationship Part 2: Disease-based classification of placebo effects - Most studied conditions 4: Pain 5: Diseases of the nervous system 6: Mental and behavioural disorders 7: Immune and endocrine systems Part 3: Disease-based classification of placebo effects - Less studied conditions 8: Cardiovascular and respiratory system 9: Gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders 10: Special medical conditions and therapeutic interventions Part 4: Clinical, ethical and methodological considerations 11: Clinical-ethical implications and applications 12: How to run a placebo study: A closer look into complex experimental designs Part 5: Beyond the healing context 13: Physical and cognitive performance 14: Halo effects

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He received the Medical Doctor (MD) degree in 1981 from the University of Turin Medical School. In 1984, he received a Silbert International Award from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). In the 1980s and 1990s, he worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and was a visiting professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas in Dallas. He has been Professor of Neurophysiology and Human Physiology at the University of Turin Medical School since 1999. He has been a member of the six-strong group on placebo of the Mind-Brain-Behavior Initiative at Harvard University, and a consultant for the Placebo Project at the US National Institute of Health. He has been nominated a member of the Academy of Europe and of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. His current scientific interests are the placebo effect across diseases, pain in dementia, and intraoperative neurophysiology for mapping the human brain.


`Review from previous edition Benedetti is highly analytical in his approach and, at the same time, has the ability to explain complex matters so that they are easily understood. This book should be a must for all who struggle to make sense out of the intriguing phenomenon we call placebo.' Pharmaceutical Press `Benedetti's book is a lucid and extensive review entrenched in the neuroscience of placebo research and heralding the importance of this area of study.' PsycCRITIQUIES `... comprehensive and thoughtful volume ... All physicians could learn much from this volume.' New England Journal of Medicine `The breadth of topics addressed ... make this book an important read for anyone in the medical field.' Journal of the Neurological Sciences

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