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|Title: ||Homeopathy, Phenomenology and the Unprejudiced Observer. Letter in response to Swayne and Whitmarsh|
|Authors: ||Levy, David Claude|
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Citation: ||[Levy D (2014) Homeopathy, Phenomenology and the Unprejudiced Observer: Response to Swayne and Whitmarsh: Homeopathy (2013) 102, pp. 157-159; 225-229|
|Abstract: ||The belief that ‘homeopathy works’, is effective and can demonstrate clinical efficacy, while encouraging, has little to do with the philosophy, practice or relevance of phenomenology to homeopathy. Jeremy Swayne’s editorial draws a spurious link between positive outcome studies and the capacity for homeopathy to ‘open up a rich vein of scientific enquiry and clinical opportunity’ (Swayne 2013). So too, Tom Whitmarsh’s understanding of phenomenology suggests that homeopathy and phenomenology are ‘pretty similar’ in terms of how they look at the world (Whitmarsh 2013). As long as the homeopath remains ‘untainted by what he knows’ and is ‘doing (his) best to avoid received opinion’ phenomenology is made to appear logical and easily applied in practice. Together, Swayne’s and Whitmarsh’s understanding diminish the complexity of phenomenology as a research methodology and as a method of clinical engagement. Their understanding misconstrues phenomenology as being ‘purely descriptive,’ ignoring the prospect that description and observation are actually based upon interpretation of patient phenomena, not objective and unprejudiced observations.|
|Rights and Permissions: ||Copyright Elsevier|
|Type of Work: ||Article, Letter|
|Type of Publication: ||Post-print|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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