February 22, 1971

What the Health-Care Consumer Should Know About Chiropractic

Author Affiliations

Dr. Wilbur is Deputy Executive Vice-President of the American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1971;215(8):1307-1309. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180210053010

The public spotlight these days is on the American consumer. Government and private groups are acting on many fronts to keep the consumer from being bilked out of his money. Of even greater concern, we think, is safeguarding the consumer's health. He must be adequately informed about and protected from unscientific cults such as chiropractic that can endanger his health, or threaten his life— by delaying proper medical care.

We believe all of you know what the medical profession thinks of chiropractic: that chiropractic is an unscientific cult whose practitioners lack the necessary education and training to diagnose and treat human diseases and illnesses. And I assume all of you know that this opinion is shared by the rest of the nation's scientific community.

We are here to discuss not what the scientific community thinks of chiropractic, although that always has been and is of vital importance in protecting the