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Medieval Europe's Dancing Plagues And The Nocebo Effect
In an excerpt from his book Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations, Chris Berdik considers the wave of compulsive dancing that swept Strasbourg in the summer of 1518 - and whether it might be an example of Mass Psychogenic Illness, a large-scale manifestation of the "nocebo effect", the placebo effect's evil twin. Scientific American 10/19/12
Posted October 25, 2012 12:38 AM

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