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Homoeopathy and the star that fell

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1158
  1. Wendy Moore, freelance writer and author, London
  1. wendymoore{at}

    Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some tragically squander greatness in a hopelessly misguided obsession, launching centuries of self delusion.

    Take Samuel Hahnemann. Born in Meissen in 1755, he displayed early brilliance in languages before opting to study medicine, graduating in 1779 with a promising medical career before him. Rapidly disillusioned by the barbaric medical practices of the day, Hahnemann condemned his peers' ignorant reliance on copious bloodletting, toxic purges, and caustic enemas. By contrast Hahnemann advocated the healing effects of a sensible diet, fresh air, plentiful exercise, and routine hygiene as “the preliminary conditions of wellbeing.” His proposals for …

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