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Subluxation: dogma or science?

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Subluxation: dogma or science?
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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, August 2005
DOI 10.1186/1746-1340-13-17
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Joseph C Keating, Keith H Charlton, Jaroslaw P Grod, Stephen M Perle, David Sikorski, James F Winterstein


Subluxation syndrome is a legitimate, potentially testable, theoretical construct for which there is little experimental evidence. Acceptable as hypothesis, the widespread assertion of the clinical meaningfulness of this notion brings ridicule from the scientific and health care communities and confusion within the chiropractic profession. We believe that an evidence-orientation among chiropractors requires that we distinguish between subluxation dogma vs. subluxation as the potential focus of clinical research. We lament efforts to generate unity within the profession through consensus statements concerning subluxation dogma, and believe that cultural authority will continue to elude us so long as we assert dogma as though it were validated clinical theory.

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Canada 3 2%
Australia 3 2%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Unknown 132 94%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 29 21%
Student > Bachelor 22 16%
Other 18 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 10%
Researcher 9 6%
Other 30 21%
Unknown 19 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 69 49%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 5%
Sports and Recreations 5 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 3%
Other 13 9%
Unknown 22 16%