History and Epistemology
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.
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.
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.
Nuhn T, Luedtke R, Geraerds M.
Klinik Roderbirken, Roderbirken 1, 42799 Leichlingen, Germany.
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.
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.
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.