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“The Powerful Placebo”

John S. Haller

in Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169042
eISBN:
9780231537704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169042.003.0003
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter studies the role of placebo in medicine. As a product of postmodernist medicine, the placebo had undermined the positivist model of biomedicine by interjecting subjectivity, uncertainty, ... More


Evidence-Based Medicine

John S. Haller

in Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169042
eISBN:
9780231537704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169042.003.0001
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter recounts the emergence of orthodox medicine. Medical care and medical education emerged as a scientific enterprise in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, with the help of the ... More


Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s Challenge: A Case Study

John S. Haller

in Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169042
eISBN:
9780231537704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169042.003.0005
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter identifies the differences that separate homeopathy from biomedicine. The tension between homeopathy and conventional medicine is essentially that of two epistemologically different ... More


Reassessment

John S. Haller

in Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169042
eISBN:
9780231537704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169042.003.0006
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter concludes that most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies have failed to meet the standards demanded by the evidence-based pyramid. Those few that have succeeded in ... More


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