Anthony Campbell

This is a revised and updated edition

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This is is a book about homeopathy: what it is, how it developed, where it stands today. It's written for people with questioning minds; anyone who has adopted a fixed opinion in advance about homeopathy, either for or against, may receive the odd shock. No prior knowledge of homeopathy is assumed, but this doesn't mean that the book is meant only for beginners. Even if you have read a good deal about homeopathy previously you may, I believe, find that you view it in a different light after you have finished. What I try to do here is to look at homeopathy as squarely as possible and to provide the facts as I see them. What you then make of them is up to you. I think this is worth doing because the material I present is not well known even to many homeopaths, yet it's essential for anyone who wants to make an informed judgement about homeopathy. These facts are not, to my knowledge, easily available anywhere else; it certainly took me a long time to learn them.

How to get it

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There is also now a Kindle version.

A French translation of this page is available.

Review by John Floyd (20 February 2009)

Thank you for clearing up my fog re homeopathy. I had generally grouped it with herbalism and the other "alternative" therapeutic offerings, but without knowing much about it.

As you suggested, it is difficult to understand homeopathy without knowing its history. This easily readable (and enjoyable) review of the subject was not technically challenging and well worth the day I took for reading it, as I know quite a bit about homeopathy, rather than essentially nothing before.

There are important lessons for we allopathic physicians in homeopathy, specifically the positive effect of spending time to convince the patient one is truly interested in her/him as a person, not just a complaint to be diagnosed and treated. Unfortunately in the western world, the bean counters control the time we have for appointments, and reward procedures, not talk.

I was a bit disappointed that there was little discussion about homeopathy in India, after pointing out its importance in that country; perhaps in the next Lulu edition.

While this book is quite informative for the lay person, I also strongly endorse this text for anyone in the health care arena whom might be confronted by patients or practitioners of homeopathy, and in need of a knowledge base from which to respond.

Homeopathy in perspective


  • Summary
    An outline of the subject.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Why I wrote this book in the way I did.

  • Chapter 2: Samuel Hahnemann
    Hahnemann was the founder of homeopathy and it is impossible to understand the subject without knowing something about him and his time. Here I look at his life and how he came to invent homeopathy.

  • Chapter 3: Later Developments in Hahnemann's Thought
    As Hahnemann aged he began to take homeopathy in new directions, with the formulation of a theory of chronic disease and increasing emphasis on the use of extreme dilutions.

  • Chapter 4: The Years of Hope
    Hahnemann's successors carried out experiments on themselves, testing medicines in ways that were sometimes quite hair-raising.

  • Chapter 5: In Search of New Directions
    Later homeopaths took the "potency idea" much further than Hahnemann himself had done. They also tried to reconcile homeopathy with new discoveries in medicine, such as the germ theory of disease.

  • Chapter 6: English Homeopathy in the Nineteenth Century
    English homeopaths in the nineteenth century were more pragmatic and less extreme than many others and tried to make sense of homeopathy in the context of the orthodox medicine of the day.

  • Chapter 7: Homeopathy in America
    Homeopathy in America became very successful in the second half of the nineteenth century and indeed came close to being the dominant form of medicine there. However, it was weakened by internal dissent and eventually almost disappeared.

  • Chapter 8: Kentian Homeopathy
    The American homeopath JT Kent became influential in American homeopathy at the end of the nineteenth century and his ideas were adopted by numerous disciples outside America; they are still predominant in many places today.

  • Chapter 9: British Homeopathy in the Twentieth Century
    In the early years of the twentieth century advocates of Kent's ideas took over homeopathy in Britain almost completely, and as a result the notion of homeopathy that most people have today is based on Kentian homeopathy, which is an extreme and "fundamentalist" version.

  • Chapter 10: Homeopathy and the Occult
    There are curious links between homeopathy and the occult, which are generally played down by would-be scientific homeopaths today.

  • Chapter 11: Can We Prove Homeopathy?
    Critics often say that there is no research evidence to support homeopathy, which is untrue, while defenders of homeopathy are equally voceiferous in claiming that homeopathy has been "proved" by research. The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in the middle.

  • Chapter 12: Where Does Homeopathy Stand Today?
    Here I offer my own assessment of the position of homeopathy today and where it is likely to go in the future. Homeopathy has many features in common with certain types of psychotherapy and it may be that this is where its future lies.

  • Bibliography and links

  • Appendix: Recent Research

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