“Healing and Placebo: Medicine, Religion and Ritual”. Keynote address by Tanya Luhrmann

The RWJF-funded Placebo Seminar Series continued on February 11, 2014 with an address by Tanya Luhrmann, Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Discussants were:  Arthur Kleinman (Anthropology, Psychiatry), Anne Harrington (History of Science), and Ted Kaptchuk (Medicine).  View the lecture and discussion in full here.

Watch “Placebo Effects in Guidelines, Practice & Patient Choice: A Forum” held 12/9/13

If you were not able to attend or tune in to our December 9th forum on placebo effects in the clinic, we’re happy to announce you can watch it now.

View the webcast here.

You can also join the conversation online by following the Twitter hashtag #placebotalks.


• Michael J. Barry, MD, President, Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
• Josephine P. Briggs, MD, Director, NCCAM, National Institutes of Health
• Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
• Russell S. Phillips, MD, Director, HMS Center for Primary Care
• Harold C. Sox, MD, Associate Director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

Watch “The Potential of Placebo” a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation promise story

“The placebo effect is people getting better without any active ingredients.” Harvard Medical School’s Ted Kaptchuk, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantee, cuts across clinical specialties through robust research and specialized technologies, to understand and institutionalize one of the most exciting, and controversial ideas in modern medicine.

Watch the video here.