Horizon—Homeopathy: The TestBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7376.1367 (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1367
- Trevor Jackson, assistant editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 …