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November 5, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(19):1608-1609. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740710052017

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On election day, November 8, the citizens of Massachusetts and of Arizona will vote on initiative petitions to promote the practice of chiropractic. The Massachusetts Medical Society and the Arizona Medical Association have given ample warning of the menace to public health should the laws that the chiropractors propose be enacted. The principles of ethics emphasize the duty of physicians to warn the public against devices and false pretensions that may cause injury to health and loss of life. On election day, every physician in Massachusetts and in Arizona should discharge that duty to the best of his ability.

Massachusetts has never legalized chiropractic. The chiropractors, therefore, are appealing directly to the people. They modestly define chiropractic as "the science or practice of locating and adjusting by hand the malpositions of the articulations of the human spine." The chiropractors of Arizona defined their calling in the same manner when they

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