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Posts Tagged: medicine

It’s All In Your Head…And the Rest of Your Body

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You’re probably aware of the placebo effect—because you think it’s real medication, a sugar pill, for example, relieves your pain—but have you heard of its evil twin, the nocebo effect?

Through different biological mechanisms, it achieves something very similar to the placebo effect, but reversed: If you’re told your sugar pill causes side effects like nausea or rashes, you might very well experience them.

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Interpreting My Malady

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The unpublished catalogue of fiction inspired by illness is limitless, composed every day, at every hour, in every hospital, clinic, hospice, and bedroom where the ill and injured and even the mildly indisposed attempt to make sense of our altered conditions.

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Politics in the Exam Room

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In the fall of 2008 I was chatting with a woman I know about the upcoming presidential election. She was in her 60s, single, a funky dresser, world traveler, and amateur artist—what my mom would have called a “free-spirited Auntie Mame type”— so I was surprised by what she had to say: She was voting Republican.

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