Just a little bit more on the interview with Dana Ullman that I wrote about here.
Ullman claims that a re-analysis of Shang et al. has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. The only reference I can find to this study is this, where a study dated 2007, entitled "The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analysed trials" by R Ludtke and ALB Rutten is listed as being 'in press' in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.
Here's the list of articles in press in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. There is no sign of any such paper. Various searches fail to find any similar papers published anywhere else, or in earlier issues of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. The only thing I can find is a paper in Homeopathy called "‘Proof’ against homeopathy in fact supports Homeopathy", in which one Lex Rutten is credited as the first author. Whether this is the same Rutten I cannot say. The main point of the paper seems to be that if you add four positive trials to the Shang dataset, the result would be more positive. And they accuse Shang of cherry-picking. Two of the trials complained about were excluded [PDF] from the Shang meta-analysis: the Fisher et al. paper because it had an ineligible study design, and the Weisenauer and Gaus paper because no matching conventional trial could be found. Of the other two, one by Arnal-Laserre appears to be a French thesis of some description [EDIT: This is a French thesis: it was mentioned in the Cochrane review of "Homoeopathy for the induction of labour". Apparently, the reviewers could not obtain a copy of the thesis, which perhaps explains why Shang et al. did not include it], and the other by Maiwald et al. was not a placebo-controlled trial.
So, does this re-analysis exist, or is it just another figment of the collective homeopathic imagination? And if it ever does get published, is it likely that it will have anything useful to say?