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As this book goes to press, a bill providing for licensure of chiropractors in New York State -- already passed by the Senate -- awaits the signature of Governor Rockefeller. The bill will require that all chiropractors practicing in the state pass an examination and receive a license by October 1, 1964.
While legal recognition of chiropractic in New York is a victory for the chiropractic profession, supporters of the bill predicted that "state regulation would eliminate from practice about one-third of the estimated 2,600 chiropractors operating in New York State." Arguments that state regulation of chiropractors would eliminate frauds and quacks beat-down medical. objections that legal recognition of chiropractic would, in the public's eye, "give status to a cult."
In the final analysis, the survival of chiropractic as a science -- in any state -- will depend upon whether graduates of chiropractic colleges can meet the standards that will inevitably be required (of all healing arts) by law. A cult could not meet rising standards that are enforced by law, unless it underwent a transition for the better. For this reason, the best and the surest way to curtail cultism and quackery is to subject all practitioners of the healing arts to the requirements of the law.
In Louisiana, where chiropractors have not been successful in obtaining legal recognition in state courts, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the chiropractic case.
In efforts to bring about the unity that will be necessary for the development and survival of chiropractic as a profession, the National Chiropractic Association -- following defection to its ranks of five former officials of the rival International Chiropractic Association -- has proposed organization of the "American Chiropractic Association," the realization of which would depend upon a minimum of 1,500 new (non-N.C.A.) applications by August 1, 1963 (thus working toward dissolution of both the N.C.A. and the I.C.A. in creating one national organization).
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