The Swiss Report on Homeopathy: A Case Study of Research Misconduct
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Swiss Medical Weekly 142:w13594 (2012)
In 2011 the Swiss government published a report on homeopathy. This report was commissioned following a 2009 referendum in which Swiss people decided that homeopathy and other alternative therapies should be covered by private medical insurance; before implementing this decision, the government wanted to establish whether homeopathy actually works. In February 2012 the report was published in English and was immediately proclaimed by proponents of homeopathy to be conclusive proof that homeopathy is effective. This paper analyses the report and concludes that it is scientifically, logically and ethically flawed. Specifically, it contains no new evidence and misinterprets previously debunked studies; it creates a new standard of evidence in order to make homeopathy appear effective and attempts to discredit randomised controlled trials as the gold standard of evidence; and almost all the authors have conflicts of interest, despite their claim that none exist. If anything, the report proves that homeopaths are willing to distort the evidence in order to support their beliefs, and its authors appear to have violated the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences principles governing scientific integrity.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
David Shaw (2015). A Strong Remedy to a Weak Ethical Defence of Homeopathy. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 12 (4):549-553.
Similar books and articles
David Shaw (2011). Homeopathy and Medical Ethics. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 16 (1):17-21.
David Shaw (2010). Homeopathy Is Where the Harm Is: Five Unethical Effects of Funding Unscientific Remedies. Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (3):130-131.
Kevin Smith (2012). Homeopathy is Unscientific and Unethical. Bioethics 26 (9):508-512.
David Shaw (2010). Unethical Aspects of Homeopathic Dentistry. British Dental Journal 209 (10):493-496.
Kevin Smith (2011). Against Homeopathy – a Utilitarian Perspective. Bioethics 26 (8):398-409.
Carol Bayley (1993). Homeopathy. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (2):129-145.
Kirsten Hansen & Klemens Kappel (2012). Pre-Trial Beliefs in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Whose Pre-Trial Belief Should Be Considered? Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15 (1):15-21.
David Shaw & Bernice Elger (2013). The Relevance of Relevance in Research. Swiss Medical Weekly.
Lex Rutten, Robert T. Mathie, Peter Fisher, Maria Goossens & Michel Wassenhoven (2013). Plausibility and Evidence: The Case of Homeopathy. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (3):525-532.
Irene Sebastian (2012). Homeopathy and Extraordinary Claims - a Response to Smith's Utilitarian Argument. Bioethics 26 (9):504-505.
Jacob M. Appel (2007). A Suicide Right for the Mentally Ill? A Swiss Case Opens a New Debate. Hastings Center Report 37 (3):21-23.
David Shaw (2012). No Remedy for Homeopathy "Research". Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 17 (4):209-10.
Andreas Rasche, Dorothea Baur, Mariëtte van Huijstee, Stephen Ladek, Jayanthi Naidu, Cecilia Perla, Esther Schouten, Michael Valente & Mingrui Zhang (2008). Corporations as Political Actors – a Report on the First Swiss Master Class in Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 80 (2):151 - 173.
Dorothea Baur Andreas Rasche, Stephen Ladek Mariëtte van Huijstee, Cecilia Perla Jayanthi Naidu, Michael Valente Esther Schouten & Mingrui Zhang (2008). Corporations as Political Actors – a Report on the First Swiss Master Class in Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 80 (2).
Mark L. Mcpherran (1987). Skeptical Homeopathy and Self-Refutation. Phronesis 32 (1):290-328.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-05-11
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?