Pioneering Research in the World of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is popular in The Netherlands and India and unpopular in The UK and The USA. And homeopathy has a big influence on the popularity level, bigger than it presumes to have. Those are the two biggest conclusions that come from a leading and pioneering study in the field of history of homeopathy, selected for the Hans Walz Prize and now free available on HomeopathieNetwerk.nl. Download the Thesis, written by MA Joris Dekkers by clicking on this link:….What About Homeopathy?
What about Homeopathy: a comparative investigation into the causes of popularity of homeopathy in The USA, The UK, India and The Netherlands has now been published at HomeopathieNetwerk.nl. This research, executed by the historian Joris Dekkers [B.Ed, MA] and owner of HomeopathieNetwerk.nl, has investigated the combination of factors that cause homeopathy to be either popular or or unpopular in a country.
For his investigation, Dekkers focused on The UK and The USA on the one side and The Netherlands and India on the other side. Dekkers created this distinction beforehand: in his preliminary research he had concluded, based on statistical facts (presented in the introduction of the study), that homeopathy, at present, was relatively unpopular in The UK and The USA and relatively popular in The Netherlands and India. Popularity, in this study, has been defined based on three factors:
-amount of patients / population
-amount of homeopaths / population
-amount of medicine use
After this preliminary research, after which the outcomes were determined, Dekkers focused on establishing five causal categories influencing the current popularity level. In the 4 chapters, Dekkers outlined all these categories for each country, and thereafter he came with both conclusions per country and meta-conclusions.
The meta-conclusion, the overall conclusion of the research, is perhaps the most surprising of them all: homeopathy has its own future in its own hands. Whatever surpressing factors (such as government policy, anti-homeopathy culture of medicine -including press, regular medicine elite etc. -, or lack of historic foundations), most of the time it all comes to homeopathy’s own strength to organize itself, to promote its case and its methods among the people and thereby ultimately influencing the popularity without help or without blaming negative factors.
For his study, Dekkers has read almost all there is to read about the history and current situation of homeopathy. Studying in many libraries around the world, including a stay at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Stuttgart (famous for its collection on the history of homeopathy), under the leadership of prof. dr. Martin Dinges, Dekkers spent almost half a year on his research and many more months of writing.
Revolutionary is not only the outcome of the study, and the statistics and historical findings, but also the acknowledgement of the subject by the University of Utrecht. In The Netherlands, both the universities and government are not at all fond of homeopathy. Dekkers, a current student in homeopathy, therefore proved his case that when one is enthusiastic and well spirited and aimed at reaching a goal, one can reach that goal. For his research, Dekkers received the cum laude status and was selected for the Hans Walz Prize, a German prize for the best study on the history of homeopathy.