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By Edzard Ernst

This publication lines the genesis, rules and perform of homeopathy, and discusses the explanations for its enduring attractiveness. 200 years in the past, drugs had little to supply other than blood letting and the management of violent purgatives – practices which shortened the process disorder via hastening the dying of the sufferer. mostly in response to what he appropriately observed because the brutality and ineffectiveness of the medication of his day, the eighteenth century German surgeon Samuel Hahnemann constructed a procedure of therapeutics that he termed homeopathy. satirically, whereas sleek drugs has replaced past popularity, homeopathy, with its roots in alchemy and metaphysics, is still practiced accurately because it used to be in Hahnemann’s day. Readers of this ebook will benefit from the tale of homeopathy and its nearly magical allure, while studying a lot from the authors' rational and medical dialogue of the organic, chemical and mental questions that this therapy raises.

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3 Title page of Hahnemann’s Organon, published in 1810. The full title was Organon of the Rational Healing Art (Organon der rationellen Heilkunde) Even though Hahnemann’s most voluminous writings are full of contradictions, it seems clear that he conceived homeopathic remedies, not as material drugs comparable to those of allopathic medicine, but as the “vital force captured in a bottle”, as Anthony Campbell once put it. It is equally clear that he considered homeopathy, not as a complementary therapy, but as the only true medicine.

1455–1529), Feldtbüch der Wundartzney (Strasbourg, 1519) Aderlasspunkte (Field book of surgery, Strasbourg 1519) It is conceivable that these circumstances enforced his desire and need to innovate and find a form of treatment that would generate more good than harm. Hahnemann was outspoken and rarely minced his words. About the medicine of his time, which he called allopathy and ‘school medicine’, he stated: Blood-letting, fever remedies […] and everlasting aperients and clysters form the circle in which the ordinary German physician turns round unceasingly.

What follows from such considerations could not be clearer: the prescribed treatment is only one of several factors that influence the clinical outcome, and a positive clinical experience with homeopathy—or any other treatment—can be misleading. Homeopaths are often incredulous when someone tries to explain to them how little their experience tells us about the effectiveness of their remedies and usually come up with several counter-arguments: • The improvement was so prompt that it was evidently caused by my treatment [this notion is not convincing; placebo effects can be just as prompt].

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