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Placebo Effect

"Placebo Effect" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

An effect usually, but not necessarily, beneficial that is attributable to an expectation that the regimen will have an effect, i.e., the effect is due to the power of suggestion.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Placebo Effect" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Placebo Effect" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 231 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 22 publications in 2015
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