Recently, we have signaled in our news the article "Believing in order to understand: Hahnemann's hierarchisation of values », by Professor JM Schmidt, Department of the History of Medicine, Munich University, Germany, published on Homeopathy vol. 97 N. 3, July.

The relevance of this article impelled us to ask Prof. Schmidt to be given the authorization to publish his speech "Hahnemann's forgotten dimension - the relation between medicine philosophy and ethics ", delivered during the 62nd LHMI Congress, prelude of the Homeopathy paper. In our opinion, Hahnemann, defining Medicine an activity of a moral nature, as well as the physician as a moral entity, has identified the fundamental value of Homeopathy involving respect, the care and the reinforcement of the person in an ethical environment.

The significance of these two papers, we believe, goes far beyond the field of interest of Homeopathy; instead these papers, actually, have to be taken in serious consideration when considering overall medical praxis.

We are ever less convinced at the medicine=science adagio, that, for a sort of transitive property becomes science=ethics. In other words, taking the medicine=science and science=ethics equations, as an ideal guideline, may mean, for example, that "I let persons suffer when I do experiment a new medicine, but since I'm expecting to have positive results some day, I'm authorized to do this". Coming from this statement, the harm/benefit ratio predictive analysis involves the implication of ethical committees. From our viewpoint, however, the idea that an ill person may suffer more in order to experiment a new therapy, as effectively as it may be, should be more attentively evaluated.

Our fear is that a so defined "ethical scheme", may become a sort of justification of many interventions at the experimental, diagnostic and therapeutic level, potentially unjustified.
We do believe instead, that only if it is clear from the beginning that the patient has to suffer as less as possible, it will be possible to think about a Medicine oriented toward the person, and , as Hahnemann did, to find scientific approaches to cure - just as an example, to prove substances, in advance, on a healthy volunteer.

For these reasons we publish with satisfied pleasure Prof. Schmidt speech, aware that the diffusion of ethical thoughts as determinant elements of the medical praxis, will allow to create a vision about the aims and scientific methods necessary for all Medicine.

Many thanks to Mr. James Pannozzi for helping us for the improvement of the English version of this new.