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Homoeopathy may not be effective in preventing malaria

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 18 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1288
  1. Pascal Delaunay (, specialist in parasitology, department of parasitology-mycology,
  2. Eric Cua, specialist in infectious diseases, department of intensive care,
  3. Philippe Lucas, specialist in intensive care and cardiology, department of intensive care,
  4. Pierre Marty, specialist in parasitology and tropical medicine, department of parasitology-mycology
  1. University Hospital, BP 3079, 06202 Nice, Cedex 03, France

    EDITOR—The homoeopathic principle that like should be cured with like is not always advisable,1 as illustrated in this case report.

    A 40 year old woman took two holidays a year in tropical countries. After experiencing digestive disorders with conventional prophylactic drugs she decided to seek medical advice from a homoeopath for her forthcoming holiday in Togo. Two homeopathic drugs were prescribed: Ledum palustre 5 CH (Boiron, Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France) as one granule daily and Malaria …

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