Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Natasha Rostova

  • Placebo effect or care effect? Four examples from the literary world

    Pekka LouhialaRaimo PuustinenFinland It is common knowledge that patients may exhibit improvement following an encounter in which no specific drugs or effective medications were prescribed. Indeed, even fictional doctors have often been depicted as knowing that their patients may require no active drugs and that their mere presence, their advice and encouragement, will often lead…