Friday, September 10, 2010 Has Some Fun with Naturopathy, Homeopathy, and Forensics

"even when standard police-work makes adequate progress in a case, DI King often calls on his forensic homeopathologist for a second opinion, or a list of complementary suspects to interview [...] forensic homeopathologist Simon Yates [...] homeopathology is based on the 'law of similars' formulated by Samuel Hahnemann in late 18th century Germany, and involves serial dilutions of substances in water or alcohol, followed by forceful shaking in a process known as 'succussion' [...] Yates applies this to substances found at the crime scene – a drop of blood, the victim’s tears – it could even be powdered glass from a broken window. After preparing the solution and drinking the 'potentized' remedy, Yates will roam the vicinity guided by its power until one or more suspects have been identified. They are then also asked to drink the solution while in police custody until a conclusion is reached [...] he will admit, though, that forensic homeopathology has its limits and that some cases are beyond its reach [...then] 'I would recommend aroma-inquiry with perhaps a course of naturopathy to enhance the crime's ability to solve itself.'"

Note: splendid.

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