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Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions
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Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions: Two Lectures Delivered Before the Boston Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge is an essay by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., the noted American author and poet, and father of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Written in 1842, it is one of the earliest criticisms of homeopathy, which was widely popular at the time.
It is an epic takedown of not only homeopathy but all forms of quackery, and an eloquent and powerful warning against the placebo effect and the dangers of anecdotal evidence. Today it remains one of Holmes’ best known essays and is considered a seminal work in the history of skepticism.
- Homeopathy and Its Kindred Delusions on Wikisource
- Boyle, Eric W. (2013). Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America. Praeger. p. 8. ISBN 031338567X.