History and Epistemology


Plausibility and evidence: the case of homeopathy.

Rutten L, Mathie RT, Fisher P, Goossens M, van Wassenhoven M.

Med Health Care Philos. 2012 Apr 27.

ABSTRACT: The study demonstrates that plausibility bias impedes assessment of the clinical evidence in homeopathy.



A discussion: the future rule of Homeopathy in the National Health Sevice

Daniel Yu-Hin Ng

College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK


Homeopathy has been provided by the National Health Service in the UK for over 60 years, funded largely by taxpayer's money. However, in recent years, its provision has come under much criticism questioning its true value. Taking a neutral stance, arguments both for and against the provision of homeopathy on the NHS is presented. It includes issues such as the evidence and safety profile of homeopathy, but also takes into account costs and benefits of homeopathy in a wider perspective. Overall, the provision of homeopathy is justified as long as there is a need within the population, occupying a complementary role alongside conventional medicine.



A New Quantum Theory to explain Homeopathy

This Newsletter presents a new development in quantum theory which could explain many of the observed effects of homeopathic dilutions. This novel theory was first formulated in 19951 by Giuliano Preparata (1942-2000), an Italian theoretical physicist at the University of Milan. Before going into a description of this theory, let us remind ourselves of the need for such a theory in homeopathy.


Placebo effects in homeopathy not larger than in conventional medicine

Nuhn T, Luedtke R, Geraerds M.

Klinik Roderbirken, Roderbirken 1, 42799 Leichlingen, Germany.




Truth, proof and evidence: homeopathy and the medical paradigm.

Swayne J.

Homeopathy. 2008 Apr;97(2):89-95.

ABSTRACT: The paper deals first with the layout of the playing field on which homeopathy has to compete to be taken seriously. In the second part it discusses three concepts: reality, truth and knowledge, which are objectives for which we strive and principles that guide us in that striving. In the third part it introduces the concept of 'personal knowledge' as an essential ingredient of scientific discovery. And finally it proposes that the homeopathic community must expand its vision with a definition of a new paradigm, the new model of medical science to which the vision aspires.


Believing in order to understand: Hahnemann's hierarchisation of values.

Schmidt JM.

Homeopathy. 2008 Jul;97(3):156-60. Erratum in: Homeopathy. 2008 Oct;97(4):226.

ABSTRACT: To avoid being misled by the prevailing pluralism as a standard of reference for assessing new concepts, Hahnemann's original ideas are analyzed discussed.


Homeopathy from the standpoint of modern medical science.

Zilov VG.

Vestn Ross Akad Med Nauk. 2008;(10):51-5.

ABSTRACT: hypotheses concerned with the principle of similarity underlying homeopathic methods are discussed. P. K. Anokhin's theory of functional systems appears to explain the similarity principle in the best way.

The importance of nervous, immune, and humoral interactions is emphasized as mechanism of homeopathic curative action.