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Homeopathy and placebo (From Hahnemann to EBM) Volume 14, issue 9, Novembre 2018

Author
Hématologue, Pr. émérite de Thérapeutique
UFR SMBH de Bobigny
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  • Key words: homeopathy, placebo effects
  • DOI : 10.1684/med.2018.375
  • Page(s) : 397-400
  • Published in: 2018

A controversy, which is gaining momentum in the national media, was born concerning homeopathy after a solemn position taken by the meeting of the Academies of European Sciences, relayed by the French Academy of Medicine, and pending a ministerial decision that seems to go in the same direction. The EASAC (Council of Academies of Sciences of the European Union, as well as Switzerland and Norway) proclaimed [1]: “There is no scientifically established and reproducible evidence for the efficacy of homeopathic products. In addition, homeopathy can have a harmful effect by delaying a doctor's visit or by dissuading the patient from seeking appropriate medical care.” The expectations of the European organization underlined the fact that homeopathy, whose convinced followers are numerous in Europe, especially in France, had in the end only a placebo effect, which excited the ire of a number of commentators, unaware of what that means. We propose here to review the history of the invention of homeopathy, the bases of this method, the studies that sought to evaluate it before recalling how it could be described as “good placebo”.