BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:132

In France more than a third of people use some form of medecine differente (alternative medicine) or medecine douce (gentle medicine), says a recent survey. The most popular forms are homoeopathy, acupuncture, phytotherapy, thermalism, osteopathy, and chiropractic.

Homoeopathy, the leading branch, is practised predominantly by doctors and in some public hospitals. The 10 000 or so doctors who use homoeopathy have studied it during …

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