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How the Placebo Effect Works


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BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real - but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect, the phenomenon where an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, was studied.

Topics in this Podcast: ethics, psychology, placebo effect