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Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

John Haller


Can evidence-based medicine (EBM) and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) find common ground? This book explores the epistemological foundations of EBM and the challenges these conceptual tools present for both conventional and alternative therapies. It explores a possible reconciliation between their conflicting approaches, and maintains a healthy, scientific skepticism yet finds promise in select CAM therapies. The book elucidates recent research on the placebo effect and shows how a new engagement between EBM and CAM might lead to a more productive medical practice that includes bo ... More

Keywords: evidence-based medicine, complementary and alternative medicine, conventional therapy, alternative therapy, randomized clinical trial, modern medicine, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, homeopathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231169042
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Haller, author