Letter: Homeopathy is junk science

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I DO not believe that the moon is made of green cheese, that hypnosis is due to animal magnestism or that certain substances can transmute base metals into gold. I also do not believe that there is any truth in the claims of homeopathy because the researches of the last 200 or so years have made it pretty easy to distinguish real science from junk science.

Brian Josephson wrote in support of homeopathy (Letters, 11 July) but his analogy between treated/untreated water and diamond/graphite is false since water is a fluid while diamond and graphite are solids. The most pernicious feature of homeopathy is not that it claims to cure ailments (it may well do) but that it claims to be based on science when it is based on a heap of nonsense.

Dr ROGER A FISKEN

Burneston, North Yorkshire

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