Date: Wednesday, July 22nd
Admission: $8 ( Tickets Here )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn
Many think of placebo as an inactive substance used in clinical trials or to fool someone, but placebo means far more than that, as the neurobiology of placebos is becoming increasingly understood. The opposite can also be true: harm can also come from the use of inactive substances, known as “nocebos.”
One example of a “nocebo” is what is termed Voodoo death, aka “psychogenic death” or “psychosomatic death.” This is a term coined by biological psychologist Walter Cannon to describe the observed phenomenon of individuals who died after believing themselves to be cursed, or being condemned by witch doctors or tribal courts. One such well documented case, recorded by Cannon in 1942, involved a Maori woman who, after learning that a fruit she had eaten had been sourced from a taboo location, died within a day.
Tonight, join Dr. Mark W Green Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine at Mt Sinai to learn about the fascinating history and science of the placebo, the nocebo, and “voodoo death.”
Dr. Mark W. Green is the Director of Headache and Pain Medicine and Professor of Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He came to Mt. Sinai from Columbia University in 2009, where he was Director of Headache Medicine and Clinical Professor of Neurology (in Neurology, Anesthesiology and Dentistry) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Dental Medicine. He is certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, were he is a fellow, and in Headache Medicine through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.
The has been a panel member for the FDA’s section on Peripheral and Central Nervous Drugs, evaluating clinical trials.