Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: After reading a recent JAMA
100 Years Ago article,1 I feel compelled
to offer a comment. While I understand the apparent intent to publish an archival
article near its 100th anniversary, I question the wisdom of reprinting this
specific article, which mentions Andrew Taylor Still, MD, the founder of osteopathic
medicine. The statements contained therein are derogatory, were untrue at
the time they were originally made, and remain untrue today. Dr Still never
stated that " . . . all the physical ills of the human race were caused by
misplaced ligaments and dislocated bones. . . ." However, a discussion of
Still's principles is not the issue here.
Fontanarosa PB, Hruby RJ. JAMA 100 Years Ago and Osteopathy. JAMA. 2000;284(4):442. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.436
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