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January 13, 1989

Oliver Wendell Holmes and Chiropractic

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn

New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1989;261(2):248. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420020100037

To the Editor.—  Oliver Wendell Holmes was a great man, but he was no Nostradamus. When Dr Goodley1 describes the famous statement about feeding the pharmacopeia to the fishes as referring to events in 1874, 1895, and 1904, he is up to the gills in anachronism. Holmes made his memorable comment at a meeting of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1860; he died in 1894, blissfully unaware of the imminent birth of chiropractic.