Horizon—Homeopathy: The Test

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1367
  1. Trevor Jackson, assistant editor (
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    BBC 2, 26 November at 9 pm

    Medicine can be a bit like magic. Who better then to employ to investigate research results that make no scientific sense than a magician?

    In 1988 Sir John Maddox, the then editor of the scientific journal Nature, did just that. Nature had published a paper by a celebrated French scientist, Jacques Benveniste, in which Benveniste claimed to have found the evidence that made homoeopathy scientifically credible. As a condition for publishing the paper, Nature insisted it be allowed to take a team of investigators to inspect Benveniste's laboratory.

    One of the people that Maddox took …

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