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ABSTRACT

The word “placebo” comes from the Latin translation, which means “I shall please”. It is a substance that was believed to have no therapeutic effect, and therefore, was used as a control in drug trials in evaluating the efficacy of new drugs. In clinical trials, the placebo is a comparator from a methodological point of view and validates a new treatment, be it pharmacological or non-pharmacological.

 
 
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