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Homeopathy: what does the “best” evidence tell us?

Med J Aust 2010; 192 (8): 458-460.
  • Edzard Ernst

  • Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom.

Correspondence: Edzard.Ernst@pms.ac.uk

Competing interests:

None identified.

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