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R. N. Swanson

bequeath to the white friars at London, to pray for me, 20s.; also to the prioress and convent of Clerkenwell, to pray for me, 40s.; also to the prioress and convent of Langley, to pray for me, 40s. Also, I will that a thousand masses and as many recitations of Placebo and Dirige be said for me immediately after my decease, with each priest to have 4d. (the total for this

in Catholic England
Rob Boddice

practice equates to authoritative recognition and corroboration of a medical problem: emotive success. In and of itself this was doubtless a form of relief. It has become newly important in such figures of pathology and cure, therefore, to make a serious commitment to exploring how far remedies actually worked. In what Javier Moscoso has called the ‘moral economy of hope’, historians of experience and cultural historians of medicine take seriously contemporary research into the placebo effect and ask how historical iterations of this might have been brought

in The history of emotions
R. N. Swanson

, with the money or sums of money derived from the aforesaid lands, tenements, rents and services, hold and observe the anniversary of Richard Smyth and Alice his wife, the father and mother of me the aforesaid Christina, within the college or Chapel of St George abovesaid, on the 1st day of the month of March, as is fitting, solemnly singing Placebo and Dirige for the souls of

in Catholic England
Martin Heale

censures. 1 See above, p. 87 n. 13. 2 See above, p. 105 n. 42. Placebo was the first word of Vespers in the Office of the Dead, and used like Dirige as a shorthand to signify that service

in Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535
Martin Heale

convent of the abbey of the Blessed Mary, York, for one obit, namely Placebo and Dirige 21 and a Requiem Mass to be said for my soul and for the souls of my parents and all the faithful departed, £2 . I leave to my wife, Margaret, one gold ring with a ruby set and one chest bound with iron, being in the abbey of the Blessed Mary. And to William my son, two other gold rings

in Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535
Martin Heale

of all flesh, each year in perpetuity on the day of my obit, the prior and convent (and the subprior and convent when the priory is vacant) should be bound to say solemnly in the convent Placebo and Dirige , 2 and a solemn Mass in choir, and the whole Office of the Dead for my soul and the aforesaid souls, and all the faithful departed. And that on this very day of my

in Monasticism in late medieval England, c. 1300–1535
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Rob Boddice

as agents integral to scientific practice : the principles of observation, experiment, and theory, and reciprocally, the practices of the self’. 15 And of course, those practices are overlaid with evaluative judgments that bespeak normativity, or the category of the ‘moral’, broadly conceived. Javier Moscoso, when talking about the complex pre-history of placebo and the virtues of treatments that were bound both to medical authority, personality and cultural values, framed the discussion by the ‘moral economy of hope’. 16 Doubtless, Daston was the

in The history of emotions
Mairi Cowan

such as the black vestments for the dead possessed by Glasgow Cathedral in the fifteenth century, or the black vestments ornamented with death’s heads (‘signata capitibus mortuorum’) at Aberdeen. 60 The first part of the Office of the Dead, also called the ‘Placebo’ after the first word of its opening psalm, took place in the afternoon or evening before burial of the body. The second part, also

in Death, life, and religious change in Scottish towns, c.1350–1560
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Advertising and almanacs
Louise Hill Curth

concoctions suggests that either they were actually effective, or else that their publicity was managing to convince people that they were. Perhaps the high percentage of alcohol or opiates in many products made people forget their troubles.42 In other cases, the placebo effect may have been at work. If people believed that their medications would work, the remedies may actually have done so.43 Of course, proprietary drugs were not the only form of medication available to sick people. Therefore, other variables would have come into play to help justify their purchase. Many

in English almanacs, astrology and popular medicine: 1550–1700
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P. J. P. Goldberg

a halfpenny for alms, and for a mass to be sung for the soul of the dead person, a penny. And at the dirige every brother and sister that is lettered shall say the placebo and dirige for the soul of the dead in the place where they shall come together, and every brother and sister that are unlettered shall say twenty times for the soul of the dead person the Paternoster with the Ave Maria, and there

in Women in England c. 1275–1525