Recommendation: “Why does the NHS spend money on homeopathy?” by Nick Triggle

This article about the British case was written by Nick Triggle.

Homeopathy is based on the ideas of an eighteenth-century German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who argued that similia similibus curentur (like cures like), that is, a substance that causes illness can also be used in extremely small quantities to cure it. Homeopathic pills, syrups and ointments contain no verifiable trace of the supposedly efficient substance. While homeopathy has become hugely popular in the West, many large-scale studies have shown that the results of homeopathic treatment never go beyond the placebo-effect. In my opinion, public funding of homeopathic treatment (that is available in several “developed” countries) is a great case study for examining the relationoship between expert opinion and democratic decision-making.


Darina Martykánová

Darina Martykánová is historian, dealing mainly with Spain and the Ottoman Empire. She works at the Departament of Modern History of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research focuses on the history of professions and on transnational circulation of knowledge. Her second line of research concerns the redefinition of masculinites in interaction with the discourse of "progress of civilisation".

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