Right of Reply: Frederick Cole ; the President of the Homeopathic Medical Association Responds to Articles about the Death of Cameron Ayres, Whose Parents Shunned Traditional Medicine
Cole, Frederick, The Independent (London, England)
YOUR ARTICLES surrounding the tragic death of Cameron Ayres have largely served to cloud the issues at stake as much as bring them into focus. By and large, the salvos have been directed towards the rights and wrongs of alternative medicine - homeopathy in particular - when the fundamental question has been the right of the individual to have appropriate treatment.
With their extreme thinking, Cameron's parents closed the doors on possible means of cure. This was an occasion, it seems, when homeopathic or naturopathic treatment was not sufficient. However, the implication that had the child received correct medical care he would be alive today must also be avoided. Many still die in spite of medical treatment.
Homeopathy is not the villain here and to use this scenario to fuel age- old bigotry is grossly unfair. To dismiss it out of hand as having no scientific basis does neither homeopathy nor its detractors any good, and those who insist that any benefits are purely imagined …
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Publication information: Article title: Right of Reply: Frederick Cole ; the President of the Homeopathic Medical Association Responds to Articles about the Death of Cameron Ayres, Whose Parents Shunned Traditional Medicine. Contributors: Cole, Frederick - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 7, 2000. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.