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ID 18241
  Title Subluxation: Dogma or science?
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1208927/
Journal Chiropr & Osteopat. 2005 ;13(1):Online access only 29 p
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Abstract/Notes

Subluxation syndrome is a legitimate, potentially testable, theoretical construct for which there is little experimental evidence. Acceptable as hypothesis, the widespread assertion of the clinical meaningfulness of this notion brings ridicule from the scientific and health care communities and confusion within the chiropractic profession. We believe that an evidence-orientation among chiropractors requires that we distinguish between subluxation dogma vs. subluxation as the potential focus of clinical research. We lament efforts to generate unity within the profession through consensus statements concerning subluxation dogma, and believe that cultural authority will continue to elude us so long as we assert dogma as though it were validated clinical theory.

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