Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 18611
  Title A proposal regarding the identity of chiropractic: embrace the centrality of the spine
Journal J Chiropr Humanit. 2005 ;12():Online access only p 8-15
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Objective: To offer the following proposition: the spine is inextricable from and absolutely essential to the identity of the chiropractic profession.

Discussion: In order to determine the identity of the chiropractic profession two separate approaches are made: first, the question is examined philosophically; the profession is defined by determining its essence - what it is, what it is not, and what it is for. Second, the question is examined pragmatically, by determining chiropractic’s role in people’s lives; how it is defined by the public and what chiropractic practitioners actually do.

Conclusions: Philosophically, chiropractic’s essence, boundaries, and purpose are oriented by the spine; practically speaking, the spine is where doctors of chiropractic apply the vast majority of their work. The author suggests that embracing the spine as the center of chiropractic identity does not limit the profession but, rather gives the public and the profession a common referent to define chiropractic’s function and value.

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