A footnote in the dustbin of history

A few days ago I received a press release from the British Society for the History of Science. This was to highlight a presentation at the society’s annual meeting in which Durham University historian Lynda Brierley-Jones warned that homeopathy…

“…risks being subsumed by modern medicine… Not only does this means [sic] that homeopathy’s heroes have become mere footnotes in history, but [sic] it could limit homeopathy’s potential to contribute to the treatment of today’s pressing medical problems.”

Dreadful writing aside, shouldn’t we be celebrating the relegation of “homeopathy’s heroes” to footnotes in the dustbin of history?

Arguing that there are significant benefits to keeping homeopathy separate from mainstream medicine, Brierley-Jones goes on…

“It has the potential to create new remedies and to solve many contemporary problems in medicine, such as the individualisation of drugs, reducing their side-effects and managing chronic illness. Any future integration of homeopathy into mainstream medicine should be carefully managed to ensure homeopathy’s survival.”