Uses and Abuses of Philosophy in Chiropractic

Published in: The National College of Chiropractic, v. 2, No. 1, 1992, p. 3-7

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1992

by Ian D. Coulter

Attempts to understand the role of the chiropractic profession in the new United States health care system. Concerns philosophy and philosophical constructs for the chiropractic profession, arguing that medicine has used philosophy to define itself as a science and that the same people have defined chiropractic care as a non-science. For instance, in the process of defining medicine as a science, chiropractic and other groups have been portrayed as unscientific cults not worthy of legal recognition. This article ends by underscoring the need for social scientists to get involved in understanding the role of chiropractic care and for chiropractic practitioners to understand how philosophers and social scientists have helped define chiropractic care as a non-science.

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