Homeopathy - The Undiluted Facts

Homeopathy - The Undiluted Facts : Including a Comprehensive A-Z Lexicon

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This book traces the genesis, principles and practice of homeopathy, and discusses the reasons for its enduring popularity. Two hundred years ago, medicine had little to offer except blood letting and the administration of violent purgatives - practices which shortened the course of illness by hastening the death of the patient. Largely in reaction to what he correctly saw as the brutality and ineffectiveness of the medicine of his day, the eighteenth century German physician Samuel Hahnemann developed a system of therapeutics that he termed homeopathy. Ironically, while modern medicine has changed beyond recognition, homeopathy, with its roots in alchemy and metaphysics, continues to be practiced precisely as it was in Hahnemann's day. Readers of this book will enjoy the story of homeopathy and its almost magical attraction, whilst learning much from the authors' rational and scientific discussion of the biological, chemical and psychological questions that this treatment raises.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 151 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 9mm | 311g
  • Springer International Publishing AG
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 2016 ed.
  • 9 black & white illustrations, 18 colour illustrations, 20 colour tables, biography
  • 3319435906
  • 9783319435909
  • 390,515

About Professor Edzard Ernst

Edzard Ernst is a professor emeritus who has for 20 years researched all areas of alternative medicine. As the world's first professor of complementary medicine (at the University of Exeter) Ernst performed numerous scientific studies of complementary medicine with an emphasis on efficacy and safety. He has published more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and several books, including the best-selling "Trick or Treatment" co-authored by Simon Singh. Edzard Ernst is joint recipient of the 2015 John Maddox Prize for Standing Up for Science.show more

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"It properly defines homeopathy (and notes how widely its definition can be stretched), narrates the story of its eccentric but brilliant founder Christian Hahnemann, runs through the scientific arguments for and against Hahnemann's ideas and, as if that is not enough, it provides a comprehensive lexicon which will become the classic first-choice reference on the subject." (Nick Ross, healthwatch.uk.org, Issue 104, February, 2017) "For doctors, scientists, educated laymen, and for anyone seeking a more complete story, Ernst's book is unbeatable. It should be the last word on homeopathy." (Harriet Hall, Science-Based Medicine, sciencebasedmedicine.org, November, 2016)show more

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This book traces the genesis, principles and practice of homeopathy, and discusses the reasons for its enduring popularity. Two hundred years ago, medicine had little to offer except blood letting and the administration of violent purgatives - practices which shortened the course of illness by hastening the death of the patient. Largely in reaction to what he correctly saw as the brutality and ineffectiveness of the medicine of his day, the eighteenth century German physician Samuel Hahnemann developed a system of therapeutics that he termed homeopathy. Ironically, while modern medicine has changed beyond recognition, homeopathy, with its roots in alchemy and metaphysics, continues to be practiced precisely as it was in Hahnemann's day. Readers of this book will enjoy the story of homeopathy and its almost magical attraction, whilst learning much from the authors' rational and scientific discussion of the biological, chemical and psychological questions that this treatment raises.show more

Table of contents

Part I: The Facts of the Matter.- Introduction.- Definition and Main Principles of Homeopathy.- Myths about Homeopathy.- Current Popularity, Acceptance, and Regulation of Homeopathy.- History of Homeopathy.- Different Types of Homeopathy and Homeopaths.- The Patients of Homeopaths.- Homeopathy as a Criticism of Conventional Medicine.- Scientific Evidence.- Spurious Arguments for and Counter-Arguments against Homeopathy.- Part II: Lexicon of Homeopathy.show more

Review Text

"For doctors, scientists, educated laymen, and for anyone seeking a more complete story, Ernst's book is unbeatable. It should be the last word on homeopathy." (Harriet Hall, Science-Based Medicine, sciencebasedmedicine.org, November, 2016)show more