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Homeopathy and The Lancet

Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, UK.
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Impact Factor: 1.88). 04/2006; 3(1):145-7. DOI: 10.1093/ecam/nek007
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    • "Homeopathy has always been a subject of controversy, and the debate has been recently taken up by a meta-analysis published in The Lancet [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. The discussion about this form of complementary medicine centers essentially on the specific effects of ultramolecular dilutions (beyond the Avogadro limit), which are judged to be " implausible " according to conventional science, although there is emerging evidence for in vitro activity of ultra-high dilutions [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]. "
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    • "Homeopathy has always been a subject of controversy, and the debate has been recently taken up by a meta-analysis published in The Lancet [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. The discussion about this form of complementary medicine centers essentially on the specific effects of ultramolecular dilutions (beyond the Avogadro limit), which are judged to be " implausible " according to conventional science, although there is emerging evidence for in vitro activity of ultra-high dilutions [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]. "
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