Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 18225
  Title Can chiropractic survive its chimerical nature?
Journal J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2005 Jun;49(2):69-73
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes EXCERPT: If we were to compare the profession of chiropractic to creatures of legend, in its early days chiropractic was like a hydra, whose practitioners possessed a ‘body’ of core beliefs and practice patterns but a rather contentious leadership, one with many ‘heads’. Although there were different personalities vying for control and influence (the Palmers, Carver, Howard and many others), the practice of chiropractic then was probably not as variable as it is today. Later on, chiropractic evolved into something more like a chimera, a mythical creature with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent- diversity at its most extreme. By necessity, amidst its war with organized medicine, it had become one profession, but protracted technique civil wars had divided the body chiropractic into a slapped together beast, although there are some indicators that chiropractors do share some similar beliefs and practice activities.

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