Homeopathy: what does the “best” evidence tell us?

@article{Ernst2010HomeopathyWD,
  title={Homeopathy: what does the “best” evidence tell us?},
  author={Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={2010},
  volume={192}
}
  • E. Ernst
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
Objective: To evaluate the evidence for and against the effectiveness of homeopathy. 
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