Homeopathy debate – Ben Goldacre v Peter Fisher
Debate on “Does Homeopathy Work?” at the Natural History Museum in London, featuring Dr Ben Goldacre, medical doctor and science writer for The Guardian newspaper (www.badscience.net) and Dr Peter Fisher, clinical director of the Royal National Homeopathic Hospital in London..
Ben Goldacre is a British science writer, doctor and psychiatrist. He is the author of The Guardian newspaper’s weekly Bad Science column and a book of the same title, published by Fourth Estate in September 2008.
Goldacre is the son of Michael Goldacre, professor of public health at the University of Oxford, the nephew of science journalist Robyn Williams, and the great-great-grandson of Sir Henry Parkes.
Peter Antony Goodwin Fisher, FRCP (b. 1950), is a prominent figure in the international homeopathic medical community, contributing on multiple fronts to the investigation, practice and propogation of homeopathy. A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Physicians[dubious — discuss], he is board-certified in rheumatology and homeopathy. He currently serves as Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Europe’s largest integrative medical facility. He is editor-in-chief of Homeopathy, a Medline indexed medical journal. Since 2001 he has been physician to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom[dubious — discuss]. He is Clinical Lead of the National Institutes for Health and Clinical Excellence of the UK National Health Service for Evidence in Complementary and Alternative Meidicine, and is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.
Fisher’s interest in homeopathy began during a trip to China while a medical student at Cambridge University. He later trained as a junior doctor on call at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital.