Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 18610
  Title When worldviews collide: maintaining a vitalistic perspective in chiropractic in the postmodern era
URL http://archive.journalchirohumanities.com/Vol%2012/JChiroprHumanit2005-12-2-7.pdf
Journal J Chiropr Humanit. 2005 ;12():Online access only p 2-7
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Abstract/Notes Objectives: To discuss concepts of postmodernism with respect to the opposing worldviews of vitalism and mechanism, and to present an argument for a viable role for vitalism in chiropractic philosophy and research.

Discussion: Vitalism is only problematic if we begin with the assumption that a mechanist worldview or paradigm is the correct way to explain the world. In postmodern thought, a multiplicity of worldviews may coexist. One view is no more valid or correct than another and these divergent views are judged best by their utility under various circumstances. Exploring clinical practices and methodologies, such as whole systems research, arising from a vitalistic perspective could lead to innovations in both patient care and research, if pursued with flexible non-dogmatic thinking.

Conclusion: Vitalism, approached in a responsible and intelligent manner, may afford the chiropractic profession opportunities to further improve patient care and make contributions to new knowledge.

Full text is available free online for this article; click on the above link. This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher.


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