The Nocebo Effect

Overdiagnosis and Its Costs

  • Authors
  • Stewart Justman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. DSM and the Shaping of Depression

    1. Stewart Justman
      Pages 1-37
  3. The Ills of Health

    1. Stewart Justman
      Pages 39-70
  4. Searching for Signs

    1. Stewart Justman
      Pages 71-87
  5. Interlude

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-92
    2. Stewart Justman
      Pages 93-119
    3. Stewart Justman
      Pages 121-142
    4. Stewart Justman
      Pages 195-205
  6. Epilogue

    1. Stewart Justman
      Pages 207-214
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-272

About this book


The Nocebo Effect documents the transformation of normal problems into medical ones and brings out the risks of this inflationary practice. One notable risk is that people labeled as sick may find themselves living up to their label through the alchemy of the nocebo effect.


Nocebo placebo overdiagnosis medicalization diagnosis health transformation

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social Sciences Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57677-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52329-7
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