Review of the current involvement of homeopathy in veterinary practice and research

@article{Hektoen2005ReviewOT,
  title={Review of the current involvement of homeopathy in veterinary practice and research},
  author={Lisbeth Hektoen},
  journal={Veterinary Record},
  year={2005},
  volume={157},
  pages={224 - 229}
}
  • L. Hektoen
  • Published 20 August 2005
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Record
Homeopathy has become the focus of increasing interest and use as a complementary and alternative treatment for both human and animal disease. However, from the point of view of academic medicine, this type of therapy is controversial. The use of highly diluted remedies cannot be reconciled with the scientific theories on which the current understanding of disease and its treatment is based, and clinical research in the field is considered to be neither extensive enough nor of a high enough… 

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