Is There a Method to Manipulation?

Once scorned as quackery, chiropractic is winning adherents and respect

When internist Paul Shekelle was in medical school in the 1970s, the gentle art of chiropractic was widely viewed as bunk: heir to the tradition of ! bloodletting and rattlesnake oil. The American Medical Association's committee on quackery had branded the practice an "unscientific cult," and medical- school professors had obediently followed suit. The reluctance of the so- called back-crackers to submit their technique to the scrutiny of hard science served only to reinforce the official scorn. Recalls Shekelle: "They were seen as hucksters and charlatans trying to dupe the public into paying for useless care."

The public, meanwhile, seemed happy...

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