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October 22, 1960


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Professor of Biochemistry University of Missouri Medical Center Columbia, Mo.

JAMA. 1960;174(8):1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030080196027

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Nat Kanner's disappointment is justified. We purposely left out reference to homeopathy because we do not feel that we could give a justifiable discussion of it in relation to experimental pharmacology. Hahnemann's work is one of the guides in this field, and has been briefly discussed in reference no. 7 (Antibiotics, Their Chemistry and Nonmedical Uses, edited by H. S. Goldberg, New York, D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc., 1959, p. 222) of the article on "Hormoligosis in Pharmacology."Homeopathy and Dr. S. Hahnemann's doctrine are apparently both based on the Paracelsian doctrine, similia similibus curantur, and I suspect that the idea was not really original with Paracelsus.I have difficulty interpreting Hahnemann's work. Some of his dilutions were astronomical (1×1021) and many of his results were evaluated subjectively. If Dr. Kanner could draw a line for me between the psychosomatic results of Hahnemann and those

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