Natural History Museum Homeopathy Debate – Booking Now

November 17th, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, homeopathy | 52 Comments »

I'm talking at this Natural History Museum thing on Thursday 30th Nov at 7pm with Dr Peter Fisher, Clinical Director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, bookings on 020 7942 5555, seats going fast…

Should be good fun, at first it was to speak "against" somebody called Dr Marysia Kratimenos, but now they've got Dr Peter Fisher. He is obviously the biggest cheese in Uk homeopathy, a very nice man, a very clever man, a very well informed man, an extremely reasonable man, a man who takes an extremely moderate and defensible view on homeopathy, a man I've chatted to on the phone, a man I don't think I'd disagree with on much, if anything, and a man who I would say is almost completely unrepresentative of the majority of the practising homeopathy industry in the UK. I guess amongst other things that raises the question "what is homeopathy?" I'm always interested to hear what he has to say so it'll be fun for me at any rate. 

Do come along and play if you like.

Does Homeopathy work?

Does Homeopathy work?

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30 November 2006 19:00

Chamomilla for toothache, lycopodium for nausea and sepia for exhaustion; homeopathy claims to cure by treating like with like. By taking a tiny amount of a substance that provokes the same reaction as the sufferer's illness, the illness itself is treated. Complementary therapy is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 400,000 users. But is there any evidence it works? Reviews of clinical trials, used to test the effectiveness of medicines, fail to provide convincing evidence. Yet many practitioners and users maintain that it is successful. Join us to hear and debate the evidence on both sides, and decide for yourself.

This event is free, but booking is required; please call 020 7942 5555. The event takes place in the Darwin Centre (entrance via Queensgate). This event is free of charge.



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52 Responses

  1. doctormonkey said,

    December 6, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    i’ve heard from the NHM (Natural History Museum) about the webcast:

    “Many thanks for your email. We are aiming to get the session up on the archive for Tuesday 12th December, so please check the Nature Live archive section then. The address is

    i’m looking forward to it

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