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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring book!, 3 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (Paperback)
This wonderful book was published last year but I was determined to find time to write a short review of it because I sincerely believe every homeopathic practitioner should own a copy of it and anyone wanting to find out more about homeopathy should buy it. It is an absolute one off classic!

Dana Ullman has gone to great lengths and enormous research to discover as many famous people as possible who in the last 200 years found homeopathy benefitted their health and cured their illnesses. These include a great number of writers such as Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, William Makepeace Thackeray, Mark Twain as well as composers such as Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. It includes numerous American Presidents and high profile politicians. Among homeopathy's fans were famous artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin. Today there are scores of celebrities who swear by it. The list of European and British Royalty who chose homeopathy is wonderful testimony to the efficacy of this excellent form of medicine.

This is an extremely inspiring book.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2008 12:37:23 BDT
Ben Sinclair says:
In all fairness, I haven't read this book - I am only commenting on the blurb and review (else this would be a review, not a comment) but they are so fundamentally flawed I felt I had to.

"The list of European and British Royalty who chose homeopathy is wonderful testimony to the efficacy of this excellent form of medicine. "
No it isn't, it's the appeal to authority logical fallacy. As is the whole book based on the blurb and your review.
What if I was to find 50 famous people who thought the world was flat, and a further 50 who would agree to being quoted as thinking it was flat for a bit of free publicity?
Would the earth be flat? Testimony and efficacy are two words that aren't usually used together in science.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2009 12:41:25 BDT
Ken Wood says:
Well said, Mr Sinclair!

Posted on 17 Oct 2009 15:22:15 BDT
Bass says:
Ben Sinclair is absolutely right. I have had a few online er, discussions, with the author, who used to appear regularly on the Guardian's website to plug his drivel. Its whole premise is fallacious: the idea that the famous somehow have a special connection to the Truth. Presumably he is also a scientologist as on his criteria the support of Cruise, Travolta and various other Hollywood stars trumps science any day!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 17:32:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2013 17:32:51 BDT
Tetenterre says:
Well said, Ben Sinclair and Bass! I wonder why we don't have books and web sites advertising how "celebrities" benefited from medicine (complementary/alternative medicine that actually works is simply called "medicine"), or "popular" magazines extolling the virtues of evidence-based medicine. Just imagine it: A soccer player proclaiming, "How routine vaccination saved my baby's life!!!" (mustn't forget the !!!) or a catalogue model telling us, "How doxycycline kept me malaria-free."

The review to which we are responding is a wonderful example of Dunning-Kruger compliance.
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