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Editor's Correspondence
May 8, 2000

Homeopathy Wrongly Revisited?

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(9):1375-1376. doi:

Having been a member of that particular panel, I was surprised to read in the article by Eskinazi1 that "the European Parliament issued a mandate to the European Commission to examine whether it [homeopathy] is beneficial. Based on the report of the Homeopathy Medicine Research Group [of which I am an author], it was recommended that homeopathy be integrated into medical practice." We did not have the mandate to examine the benefits of homeopathy, but we were asked to determine whether homeopathy was a researchable subject. Moreover, we did not recommend the integration of homeopathy into medical practice; our most tangible advice was to conduct rigorous research into this area. Perhaps others will check the rest of the statements made in Eskinazi's article, which I hope are closer to the truth than the statement quoted above.