Here are some selected resources if you’re interested in finding out more about the placebo effect and access to medicine. I have grouped scientific/specialist works separately from general audience sources.

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Placebo Effects: General Audience

Doidge, Norman. ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing: Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries’ (2016). Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Rankin, Lissa. ‘Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself’ (2013). Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.


Sternberg, Ester M. ‘Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being’ (2009). Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.


Placebo Effects: Scientific

Benedetti, Fabrizio. ‘Placebo Effects: Understanding the mechanisms in health and disease’ (2008). Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Kaptchuk, Ted J and Miller, Franklin G. ‘Placebo Effects in Medicine’ (2015, The New England Journal of Medicine 373;1 p.8-9).

Pecina, Marta et al. ‘Personality Trait Predictors of Placebo Analgesia and Neurobiological Correlates; (2013, Neuropsychophamacology 38 p.639-646)

Petkovic, Grace et al. ‘Effects of placebos without deception compared with no treatment: protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis (2015, BMJ Open 5;e009428 p.1-7).


Benedetti, Fabrizio et al. ‘How Placebos Change the Patient’s Brain’ (2011, Neuropsychopharmacology 36 p.339-354).

Linde, Klaus et al. ‘Placebo effects and clinical practice’ (2011, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 366 p.1905-1912).

Oken, Barry S. ‘Placebo effects: clinical aspects and neurobiology’ (2008, Brain 131 p.2812-2823).

Price, Donald D et al. ‘A Comprehensive Review of the Placebo Effect: Recent Advances and Current Thought’ (2008, Annual Reviews | Psychology 59 p.565-590).

Wager, Tor D. and Atlas, Lauren Y. ‘The neuroscience of placebo effects: connecting context, learning and health (2015, Nature Reviews | Neuroscience 16 p.403-418).


For the purposes of balance and to allow you to make you own decisions, I have included works from the opposing side of the argument. 

Barrowman, Nick. ‘The Myth of the Placebo Effect’ (2016, The New Atlantis; Winter p.46-59)

Foot, Doug and Ridge, Damien. ‘Constructing the placebo effect in the placebo wars: What is the way ahead?’ (2012, Health Sociology Review 21;3 p.355-368).