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In the late 18th century the term "placebo" became part of medical jargon. In contrast to the prevailing opinion that it was the Scottish physician and pharmacologist William Cullen (1710-1790) who introduced this expression into medical language in 1772, the credit must be given to another English physician, Alexander Sutherland (born before 1730 - died(More)
BACKGROUND The issue of potency choice in homeopathy has always been controversial. In "high" potencies there are no molecules of the starting substance remaining and in low potencies (including tinctures) the line between homeopathy and herbal medicine is blurred. METHOD The literature on potency selection is reviewed, including the use of low potencies(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this workshop was to further explore the implications of the placebo effect for both research and clinical practice from a variety of angles with a group of selected experts. METHOD/APPROACH The use of placebos in both clinical practice and research was explored in depth from a historical, methodological, ethical, legal and(More)
Medical history has so far paid hardly any attention to the longue durée, a history in which, according to Braudel, 'all change is slow'. It is therefore one of the challenges of the emerging field of the social history of medicine to work audaciously across time as well as across space. An interesting subject, for example, is the history of contraception.(More)
auch die Jungsteinzeit nicht das Goldene Zeitalter war, das laut Hesiod keine Krankheiten kannte. Doch welche therapeutischen Mittel hatten die Menschen der Jungsteinzeit zur Verfügung, um Krankheiten oder Verletzungen zu heilen? Auf diese Frage hat die Medizingeschichte inzwischen nicht nur spekulative Antworten parat [2]. Über die Anwendung von(More)
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) known today as the founder of homoeopathy, was - as far as we know - the first physician who administrated placebos to his patient on a systematic and regular basis. This study is based upon unpublished documents (e.g. patients' letters) in the Archives of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation(More)
Leitlinien machen in der Komplementärmedizin, wie das Beispiel der Naturheilkunde zeigt, durchaus Sinn. Sie ergänzen zum Wohle des Patienten und zur besseren Orientierung des Therapeuten die bislang, auch auf europäischer Ebene, bereits bestehenden Leitlinien, die ständig weiterentwickelt werden. Diese Ergänzung ist dringend notwendig, weil die meisten der(More)