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Title: Against homeopathy - a utilitarian perspective
Authors: Smith, Kevin R.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences
Keywords: Homeopathy
Alternative medicine
Complementary medicine
CAM
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/916
ISSN: 0269-9702
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