In a recent issue of the Archives, Burgdorf and Happle1 gave an informative and partially accurate introduction to homeopathy by defining some of its concepts, but then went on to ridicule it on the basis of the concept of increased potency conferred by dilution and their misunderstanding of the specificity of the observations on which the similarity principle was based. In their mention of allopathy vs homeopathy, they do a service by opening up the viewpoint that the principles behind homeopathy and those behind the way we practice medicine are actually both belief systems. While we embrace the scientific method, the perspective that this controversy regarding homeopathic medicine presents can give us valuable insights.
A major flaw of homeopathic medicine for Burgdorf and Happle is that it violates the pharmacological principle that substances have more of an effect at higher concentrations. I must first point out that immunologic
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