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Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann, first published in 1796 and based on a "law of similars" where "like cures like". The system's efficacy is controversial. One of the most controversial aspects is the dilution of medicines to a point where less than one molecule of active ingredient would remain.


  • [I]f another citizen preferred to toy with death, and buy health in small parcels, to bribe death with a sugar pill to stay away, or go to the grave with all the original sweetners undrenched out of him, then the individual adopted the like "cures like" system, and called in a homeopath physician as being a pleasant friend of death's.
    • Mark Twain, in Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays 1852-1890, New York: The Library of America; 1992:228-30 [1]
  • HOMOEOPATHIST, n. The humorist of the medical profession.
  • HOMOEOPATHY, n. A school of medicine midway between Allopathy and Christian Science. To the last both the others are distinctly inferior, for Christian Science will cure imaginary diseases, and they can not.
  • The NHS recently spent £10m refurbishing the London Homeopathic Hospital. The equivalent of 500 nurses' wages, blown on a handful of magic beans. That was your tax money. It was meant for saving lives.


  • As I understand it, the claim is that the less you use Homeopathy, the better it works. Sounds plausible to me.
  • There have been two great revelations in my life; the first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.
  • It is not a matter of theory or belief or opinion … Homoeopathy must rest upon facts.
  • I do not expect that homeopathy will ever be established as a legitimate form of treatment, but I do expect that it will continue to be popular.


  1. a b Ambrose Bierce (1911). The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (PDF), 385 pp., Google Book Search. URL accessed 2007-08-19.

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