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Homeopathic medicine has patients flocking, but some docs scoffing

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Dr. Ed Shalts, a homeopathic physician, searches a database of natural medical remedies inside his Manhattan office. (Photograph by Benjamin Protess)

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Patients swear by it. It comes with few side effects. And studies show it useful in treating conditions conventional medicine has no answer for. Conventional doctors say it's only a placebo, and, as a result, it remains relatively obscure. But homeopathic practitioners want to know: why all the doubt?