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April 3, 1996

Chiropractic: The Victim's Perspective

Author Affiliations

Stanford Stroke Center Stanford University Medical Center Palo Alto, Calif

JAMA. 1996;275(13):1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530370070037

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Chiropractic: The Victim's Perspective explores the field of chiropractic therapy from its inception in the early 1900s, when it was touted as a panacea for all human ailments, to its modern-day struggles for recognition as a legitimate and reimbursable form of medical care for patients with low back pain. The author, George Magner, who has a bachelor of science degree in biology, developed tinnitus and sensory loss following chiropractic cervical manipulation for treatment of low back pain. After learning that chiropractic neck manipulation is of no value for treatment of back pain, Magner founded Victims of Chiropractic, a support network and clearinghouse for information about the hazards of chiropractic therapy.

The author has done extensive investigation of the scientific and medical basis for chiropractic therapy and concludes that it is primarily based on quackery, fraud, deception, and greed. In fact, the author admits, "I wrote this book as a way