Scientific Method: Homeopathy Proving Essay

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JCU Townsville | Evidence in Science – its use and misuse: Homeopathy Proving | SC1101 | | Student name was here | 4/29/2010 | 747 Words (excluding title page and references) Prepared on Microsoft Word 2007 File name: Evidence in Science.docx This essay examines the scientific methods applied to the ‘proving’ of homeopathic medicines, focusing on the techniques used by Dr Hahnemann in his book ‘Organon of Medicine’ (1921). | This essay examines the scientific methods applied to the ‘proving’ of homeopathic medicines, focusing on the techniques used by Dr Hahnemann in his book Organon of Medicine (Hahnemann, 1921). The key elements to be examined are; test conditions, the use of double blind trials, control subjects and falsifiability. It is my intent to show that Hahnemann’s methods of collecting scientific evidence, while adequate for its time, is not in accordance with current policy, and therefore, the use of his evidence would be a misuse in science today. Hahnemann methodology (Background) The experimenter ‘proved’ medicines by ingesting a small quantity of a known substance and then observing the signs and symptoms that followed over the next few days (Hahnemann, 1921). Each medicine would be of the highest purity available and in its simplest form (Hahnemann, 1921). Strong medicines would be taken in small quantities, and weaker medicines would be taken in larger doses or more frequently over the duration of the proving (Hahnemann, 1921). The experimenter should be of the highest level of trustworthiness and of sound physical and mental health (Hahnemann, 1921). Experimenters will be capable of observing themselves critically and recording their signs and symptoms (Hahnemann, 1921). Test conditions The experimenter was to adopt a strict diet during the proving, avoiding spices, herbs, tea or coffee and alcohol (Hahnemann, 1921).

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