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But at a popular level it is doubtful whether the use of sympathetic cures was
justified on this rarified intellectual basis; and they continued to be prominent in
folk medicine until the nineteenth century, when such rationalisation had long
The role of what is now called the 'placebo effect' on modern medicine has been
fully demonstrated, although its causes are not yet clear and the matter remains
controversial. The pill in which both patient and doctor have faith may achieve ...
In the mid- sixteenth century all but a few sceptics3 had accepted its value, so far
as the choice of days for blood-letting or administering medicine was concerned.
But during the ensuing hundred years astrological medicine was quietly ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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