November 1998

Alternative MedicineIs It All in Your Mind?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.


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Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(11):1422-1425. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.11.1422

Therapeutic interventions may trigger nonspecific mechanisms whose effects are not attributable to the specific properties of a given treatment. Recent investigations on the placebo effect as well as other mind-body interactions are helping us to understand some of the underlying mechanisms, as well as beginning to provide us with potentially effective adjuvant treatment strategies for a variety of human diseases.