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Is homeopathy a medicine?

      In a recent Editorial published in this journal, Garattini and Mannucci wondered if outpatient homeopathy clinics and commercially available homeopathic products are yet deceiving people [
      • Garattini S.
      • Mannucci P.M.
      Homeopathy provided by a national health service: only in Italy?.
      ]. They attempted a possible explanation of the increasing appeal of homeopathy upon individuals and concluded that it might take advantage from the same sociological and anthropological credulity fostering many oddities such as esotericism and astrology [
      • Garattini S.
      • Mannucci P.M.
      Homeopathy provided by a national health service: only in Italy?.
      ]. Actually, the very recent tragic new of the child from Cagli (Pesaro-Urbino), who died for an encephalitis caused by the inflammatory exacerbation of a bilateral otitis media because treated with homeopathic remedies instead of antibiotics, is warning us of a worrisome cultural attitude in our country, an attitude that emerged also in the very recent outcry against mandatory vaccination in Italy.
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