Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Good medicine: homeopathy

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6184 (Published 14 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6184
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

It was an intentional overdose. To prove a point I poured about 30 tiny tablets into my mouth and crunched them down. Because scientifically, I do not believe that these homeopathic pills have any active ingredient.

Today, homeopathy is medicine’s whipping boy, repeatedly and systematically beaten to the ground. Yet despite explaining that the tablets are just placebos, homeopathy always gets up to take another beating. Some homeopathy is funded by the NHS, through general practice, and in the few homeopathic hospitals. This fact enrages the growling commissars of evidenced …

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