On the Value of the Placebo: Reflections on Homeopathy
Dept. of Psychiatry, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem
A case is presented in which homeopathic "treatment" helped, despite the fact that the patient did not take the medication. The author surveys research which has been conducted on homeopathy and concludes that its benefits derive from non-specific influences of the healer upon the patient, similar to a placebo effect. The importance of this influence is stressed, and its wider application in conventional medicine is urged.