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It's All in Your Head
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky

As part of an experiment on the mind-body connection, surgeon Bruce Moseley, lower left, of Baylor University, performs an arthroscopy on a patient with knee pain. In the study of 180 people, a third of the group—all of whom agreed to participate—randomly and unknowingly underwent fake surgery, receiving small incisions in the knee but having no instruments inserted and no cartilage removed. During the following two years, the placebo-surgery subjects reported the same levels of pain relief and function improvement as those who received surgery. The results have doctors asking: Why operate on the knee if you can treat it in the mind? (Join our forum on mind over matter.)

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-25mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Multiple flash heads were used to fill shadow areas and balanced with available light and monitor screen.
Special Equipment or Comments: TV monitors are best photographed with slow shutter speeds to avoid rolling bar on screen.


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