Ludmil A. Chotkowski, MD
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Chotkowski LA. Chiropractic. Ann Intern Med. 2002;137:702. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-137-8-200210150-00027
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(8):702.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their paper on chiropractic (1), Meeker and Haldeman overlook one basic flaw: The chiropractic theory of vertebral subluxation and spinal manipulative adjustments is false. It is just as false today as when it was formulated more than a century ago by the founder and magic healer D.D. Palmer. A vertebral subluxation has never been demonstrated to exist and has never been shown to cause disease by theoretically interfering with neural integrity. Chiropractic has not contributed one single piece of scientific medical knowledge to prove its validity in the past 100 years. Admittedly, it has gained considerable public and political credence, but this is based only on belief and not scientific evidence. Nothing has basically changed scientifically in chiropractic since the very beginning.
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