April 17, 1967

Medicine and Chiropractic

Author Affiliations

From Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1967;200(3):219-223. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160085012

For the past 53 years a well-organized and determined band of practitioners has importuned the state legislatures of this country for permission to administer to the health needs of the people. Their efforts have been so successful in the political arena that 48 states license them. These individuals call themselves chiropractors. Their aggregate number is variously estimated at from 15,000 to 25,000, and it is claimed that about 4 million people consult them in any one year.

In 1966, the American Chiropractic Association published a brochure entitled What Medicine Really Thinks About Chiropractic.1 The authors were C. W. Weiant "dean emeritus of the Chiropractic Institute of New York" and S. Goldschmidt, "member Special Committee on Political Education, American Chiropractic Association." Two statements in their introduction to a defense of chiropractic present the salient points to be dealt with here. The first reads as follows:

In this brochure we present