Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 19637
  Title The importance of history and philosophy to the future of chiropractic
Journal Chiropr Hist. 2007 Summer;27(1):99-105
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes Chiropractic has a strong philosophy and for parts of history has held principles above research and science, leading to external criticism and internal division. In the age of evidence-based medicine, chiropractic has embraced objective science as a route to validation, yet over the same period back pain has been poorly served by the contemporary medical model. In this paper, the history of philosophy, science, and chiropractic are considered and, using the current evidence-base in relation to chronic back pain, a narrative review has been constructed to argue that in the process of reducing chiropractic down to its component parts its essence could be lost. It explains why a return to the historic principles of chiropractic using a contemporary but non-reductionist approach is more likely to benefit the patient.

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