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January 5, 1935

Manipulative Treatment for the Medical Practitioner

JAMA. 1935;104(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760010072029

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This is evidently the work of a physician who has tried to see the good in manipulative therapy. He tries to understand the underlying pathologic changes in the bone and joints and their contiguous structures. He has indicated some of the dangers that may befall the manipulative therapist. He has made what appears to be an honest effort to evaluate the benefit of this form of therapy. He calls attention to the fact that, unfortunately, bad results of the bone setters never gain so much prominence as the few occasional cures. People are willing to gamble with their health. They like to decry the orthodox doctor and credit the quack with some supernatural powers of healing. He speaks of the wealthy horse dealer who would not entrust one of his valuable horses to any but the best veterinarian but who would entrust the care of his beautiful daughter to a

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