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Not surprisingly, there’s a wealth of information out there about homeopathy and other alternative therapies. And there’s another wealth of information outlining clinical trials’ procedure and the criticisms sceptics make about alternative treatment... If you want an overview of the whole subject, be prepared to read very widely because this is a vehement area of debate!

WEBSITES

There's much more on Complementary and Alternative Medicine on OpenLearn as part of the Other Medicine coverage.

... for general information about homeopathy, from official homeopathic organisations:
National Center for Homeopathy
Homeopaths in Europe

... to find out about Evidence-Based Medicine:
University of Hertfordshire
Universtiy of South Florida

... about Evidence-Based Medicine - try this ground-breaking website, Bandolier, which is collated by researchers at Oxford University ... and for some damning assessments of homeopathic treatment.

JOURNALS
... there’s plenty of work critical of homeopathy on the website above, but to check out the ’meta-analysis’ of homeopathic results which homeopathists put forward as the most convincing evidence there is, get down to the library and look up the Lancet:

’Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trial.’ Author: Klaus Linde et al. Page 834, Vol 350, September 20th, 1997.

BOOKS
... about homeopathy.
Many exist but here are a few:
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines - Stephen Cummings & Dana Ullman
Published by J P Tarcher
Complete Guide to Homeopathy - Andrew Lockie & Nicola Geddes
DK Publishing
The Complete Book of Homeopathy’ - Michael Weiner
North Atlantic Books

... about the theory and controversy behind homeopathic practice:
The Memory of Water - Michel Schiff
Thorsons Paperback

AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ...
COURSES
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