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Special Article
September 27, 1999

Homeopathy Re-revisitedIs Homeopathy Compatible With Biomedical Observations?

Author Affiliations

From the Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(17):1981-1987. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.17.1981

In recent years, alternative medicine has been attracting considerable attention, from both consumers and the medical profession.1,2 The possible efficacy of many types of approaches (eg, medicinal plants, manipulative therapies, acupuncture) may be explained by mechanisms that are compatible with the biomedical model. However, the tenets of homeopathy seem to contradict the knowledge accumulated in the past 2 centuries in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine. For this reason, it has been viewed unfavorably by conventional scientists and physicians. The purpose of this article is to reexamine this belief that homeopathy is conceptually incompatible with Western medical knowledge.

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