How Placebos Work
Placēbō, comes from the Latin root placeō: "I shall please." It's amazing that a sugar pill can sometimes "fix" and "cure" pesky maladies. Placebos are often prescribed, and often to great therapeutic effect. Sometimes the simple act of believing you're going to get better can actually make you get better. It's a psychological cure for very physical ailments. Though the placebo throws a physician's honesty into question, many patients make lasting improvements with its aid.