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Homeopathy. 2003 Apr;92(2):77-83.

Homeopathic remedies as metaphors in family therapy. A narrative-based approach to homeopathy.

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  • 1Department of General Practice, Medical School of Hannover, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, Hannover, Germany. kleinwaechter.edv@t-online.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine a metaphorical, narrative model to explain the outcome of an homeopathic, encounter involving the patient, practitioner and the homeopathic medicine.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The transcript of a videotaped doctor-patient interaction from a European doctor-patient communication study (EUROCOM) was analysed using qualitative methods.

RESULTS:

Analysis demonstrates a narrative relationship between the protagonists in the therapeutic interaction, with the homeopathic medicine performing a metaphorical role.

DISCUSSION:

The results justify further investigation of the narrative and metaphorical properties of the therapeutic encounter in homeopathy.

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