A Critical Overview of Homeopathy

  title={A Critical Overview of Homeopathy},
  author={Wayne B Jonas and Ted J. Kaptchuk and Klaus Linde},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
The increasing use and reported success of homeopathy worldwide suggest that we should take a serious look at it. This article describes the history and principles of homeopathy, its practice patterns, and current research. The Origin and Principles of Homeopathy The Principle of Similars A German physician, Samuel Christian Hahnemann (17551843), developed homeopathy at the end of the 18th century (1). As the story goes, Hahnemann was translating an herbal text from English to German when he… 

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