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May 25, 1994

Chiropractic in America: The History of a Medical Alternative

Author Affiliations

Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Tex New York (NY) University Medical Center

JAMA. 1994;271(20):1624-1625. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510440086044

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It is the position of the medical profession that chiropractic is an unscientific cult whose practitioners lack the necessary training and background to diagnose and treat human disease.

December 1966 AMA House of Delegates Resolution (cited on p 133)

He's a different kind of doctor, but a doctor just the same, Yet he doesn't have an M.D. as part of his printed name, He spent years of work and study learning what makes people ill, But he doesn't write prescriptions— and he doesn't give one pill. Anonymous (p 138)

Chiropractic is one of the most widespread types of alternative medicine available in America. The term "alternative care" is bandied about, appearing on billboards, in health magazines, and in obvious business promotions, yet it eludes precise definition.

J. Stuart Moore, an assistant professor of history at Radford University in Radford, Va, has attempted to put into a clearer perspective the history

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