Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 19809
  Title Gloom or boom for chiropractic in its second century? A comparison of the demise of alternative healing professions
Journal Chiropr Hist. 1994 Dec;14(2):23-29
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article
Abstract/Notes As Americans suffered through the heroic medicine of the 1800s, many medical alternatives, known as sects, evolved in the United States. Examination of the developments and problems encountered [by] medical sects, namely Thomsonism, homeopathy, osteopathy, naturopathy, and chiropractic, reveals many similarities among them. While some sects have either dissolved or been absorbed by other professions, chiropractic has survived as a separate and distinct healing art. As chiropractic approaches its centennial celebration, it continues to demonstrate specific sectarian characteristics that may hinder progression into the future. This paper examines parallels among the developments of chiropractic and other alternatives. A review of some historic and contemporary scholars’ predictions for the future of chiropractic is presented, as well as potential solutions.

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