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Science Has Limits—and So Do Scientists


Mar 17, 2023

March 17, 2023 12:28 pm ET

Tubes containing homeopathic medicines at a pharmacy in Good, France, July 11, 2019.


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Carlo Rovelli

appropriately states that science is commonly unsuitable as a result of it’s a time-sensitive try to explain actuality and should regularly be up to date based mostly on new info (“The Greatest Motive to Belief Science,” Overview, March 11). Nowhere is that more true than in drugs. He acknowledges {that a} medical remedy is “scientific” whether it is proved efficient, even when we do not know the way it works, which is the case with a number of widespread standard drugs used immediately in addition to with homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathy treats particular person sufferers, not illnesses, in order that sufferers with the identical medical analysis would possibly obtain completely different medicines. Testing and statistical evaluation designed for standard medication don’t give helpful details about homeopathic remedies. As a substitute, homeopathic medicines tailor-made to the affected person can result in enhancements in a number of areas of well being.

Docs and sufferers select these medicines as a result of they see for themselves that they will enhance well being outcomes with out inflicting undesirable negative effects. Upon getting skilled—as I’ve—your baby’s bronchial asthma disappearing after a single dose of a homeopathic treatment, that’s now not principle. It’s the proof that actually issues to folks, and it must be revered if science and drugs are to retain credibility.

Priscilla Selsam

New York

Dr. Rovelli assaults a straw man: Scientists, not the scientific technique, are deemed untrustworthy by many. They’re, in spite of everything, human and topic to all the identical biases. Their judgment could be skewed by the need for energy, social acceptance, funding, and many others. In the long term, science usually advances. However within the quick run, scientists’ skewed pronouncements can do harm—particularly once they enable themselves to be politicized.

Jim Reardon

Belmont, Mass.

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