Several recent articles and commentaries on homeopathy and alternative medicine have been very interesting (S. Bunk, The Scientist, 12[18]:1,Sept. 14, 1998 and D.Viza, The Scientist, 12[18]:8, Sept. 14, 1998). I spent most of my professional life studying the biochemistry of domestic mammals. I suggest that studies of homeopathy and other alternative treatments be studied on noncompanion domestic mammals. This choice of subjects would largely avoid psychosomatic effects. If these treatments are effective in animals, there would be a much stronger case for extensive study and use in [humans]. Such studies might also contribute to veterinary medicine. There is a small literature available. For example, Medline listed 66 references under 'veterinary homeopathy,' most of which appeared to be commentary rather than controlled studies.

Clifton Blincoe
Professor of Biochemistry (Emeritus)
University of Nevada, Reno, NV

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