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|Title: ||Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective|
|Authors: ||Smith, Kevin R.|
|Affiliation: ||University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences|
|Issue Date: ||Oct-2012|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|Rights: ||Published version (c)Wiley-Blackwell, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01876.x. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com|
|Citation: ||Smith, K. 2012. Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective. Bioethics. 26(8): pp.398-409. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2010.01876.x|
|Abstract: ||I examine the positive and negative features of homeopathy from an ethical perspective. I consider: (a) several potentially beneficial features of homeopathy, including non-invasiveness, cost-effectiveness, holism, placebo benefits and agent autonomy; and (b) several potentially negative features of homeopathy, including failure to seek effective healthcare, wastage of resources, promulgation of false beliefs and a weakening of commitment to scientific medicine. A utilitarian analysis of the utilities and disutilities leads to the conclusion that homeopathy is ethically unacceptable and ought to be actively rejected by healthcare professionals.|
|Appears in Collections:||Science Engineering & Technology Collection|
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