Ted Kaptchuk

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Ted Kaptchuk (born 1947)[1] is an American author, researcher, and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he focuses on the placebo effect.

Education and career[edit]

Kaptchuk earned his Doctorate of Oriental Medicine after five years of study in China in 1975.[2] After returning to the United States, he was clinical director of the Pain Unit at Boston's Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. In 1990, he accepted a position as the associate director of the Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.[3] In 2011, he became Director of the Harvard-wide Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter, hosted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.[4]

Kaptchuk has been an expert panelist for the FDA, served on numerous NIH panels, and worked as a medical writer for the BBC. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Kaptchuk’s work was listed by the New Yorker Magazine as among “The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2015.”[5]


  • The Web That Has No Weaver, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983. ISBN 978-0-8092-2840-9
  • The Healing Arts: Exploring the Medical Ways of the World, Summit Books, 1987. ISBN 978-0-671-64506-9
  • Miller FG, Colloca L, Crouch RA, Kaptchuk TJ (eds). The Placebo: A Reader. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Selected Media Presentations[edit]


  1. ^ "Kaptchuk, Ted J. 1947-". worldcat.org. 
  2. ^ Ted J. Kaptchuk. "Ted J. Kaptchuk". tedkaptchuk.com. 
  3. ^ Michael Specter (12 December 2011). "The Power of Nothing". The New Yorker. 
  4. ^ "Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School studies placebos - Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2013". harvardmagazine.com. 
  5. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-most-notable-medical-findings-of-2015 The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2015, The New Yorker

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