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March 30, 1940

Anatomical Adjustive Technic

JAMA. 1940;114(13):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810130151029

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This weird thesis opens with the following definition of chiropractic:

Chiropractic is that branch of the Healing Arts which deals with the removal of interference with the transmission of Life Force by a process of relating disrelated structures by hand with the dynamic adjustive thrust, and includes the right and duty of using sanitary, hygienic and palliative measures incident thereto.

In view of this involved and practically meaningless definition, it is not surprising to find the following:

Infantile paralysis is caused by a fall or by injury to the pelvis, especially the sacrum, which instigates an inflammation of the spinal cord, resulting in a process called infantile paralysis.

It is not uncommon to find comparisons between the human body and such mechanical contrivances as the automobile. There are those who are fully qualified to make such comparisons, and it has been exceedingly well done in a series of articles which

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