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The Scientific Brief Against Chiropractic:
Introduction

The present century has been called the age of the scientific revolution. The advantage to contemporary man is enormous not only because of the everyday practical application of these discoveries, but also because he has thrown off the yoke of superstition. In this era of superhuman achievements, each intelligent individual owes it to himself to apply scientific criteria before accepting any new theory of nature's phenomena.

The foundation of scientific method is experimentation. Nothing can be accepted as fact, no relationship between two facts can be accepted as established unless experimentation has proved it beyond all doubt. The scientist must construct his experiment in such a way as to not only establish each fact he is seeking, but also to prove that no other explanation is possible. He must build a tight network of proof and counterproof until no possibility of error in judgment remains before allowing himself the certainty that he has achieved an element of truth. The laws of nature transcend those of man, and one must bow to them or risk lamentable errors and their inexorable consequences.

Chiropractic was invented not long after the discoveries of Pasteur in chemistry and bacteriology and of Claude Bernard in physiology; at the same time as those of Pavlov on conditioned reflexes, of Crookes on cathode rays, of Hertz on TSF waves, of Roentgen on x-rays, and of Becquerel on radioactivity. It was precisely in 1895 that Jean Perrin completed the experimental concept of electrons after Lorentz, Zeeman, Thompson, Millikan, and Wilson had progressively defined their properties.

The list of discoveries which were contemporary to the invention of chiropractic and which inaugurated the age of the scientific revolution could be extended almost indefinitely. It was the time of the extraordinary work of the Curies, which paved the way for the development of atomic energy. It must not, of course, be held against D.D. Palmer that he was not a scientific scholar, nor should anyone be denied the opportunity of making a scientific observation. But before accepting the reliability of that observation, or drawing conclusions from it, and above all before applying any theory derived from it to the treatment of human ills, we have the right and indeed the responsibility to submit it to at least the minimum exigencies of scientific proof.

This duty devolves primarily on those who profess the chiropractic theory. Chiropractors have had every scientific method available to them. Sixty-eight years constitute a sufficient period for the experimental proof of a limited number of facts. Such experimental proof should be prerequisite to the application in practice of such a theory. What experimental proof has been furnished by the chiropractor?

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