Although chiropractors have practiced for many years, many medical doctors are still unfamiliar with this alternative approach to patient care. Some still operate under the policy disseminated by the unlawful boycott of chiropractors by the American Medical Association in the US and the Australian Medical Association.
On September 5, 1987, A US federal judge ruled that the AMA had violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act with their boycott. Future behavior of this type is now subject to an injunction against the AMA according to Section 16 of the Clayton Act.
More and more medical doctors are beginning to recognize the value of chiropractic care:
“Instead of thinking of chiropractic as an alternative or some kind of therapy separate from other health care, we really should consider it equivalent.” (1) – Paul Shekelle, M.D., Ph.D.
“If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” This is why I frequently refer patients to chiropractors as well as acupuncturists, massage therapists, osteopaths, or to any one I feel may have something to offer my patient.” (2) – David Perlmutter, M.D.
“I’m a surgeon, and chiropractors don’t threaten me. But they do threaten some of the primary care doctors. The bottom line is this: We’re supposed to take care of folks. If doctors cannot move a patient from one player to the next in a team, we’re not doing what we need to do.” (3)- Larry Teuber, MD
(1) Brin, Dinah Wisenberg, July 2, 1998, “Study Credits Chiropractors with Right Procedures,” The Scranton Times, 14+.
(2) Dynamic Chiropractic, July 31, 1992, Volume 10, Issue 16.
(3) “How Medical Doctors View Chiropractic Today” Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, August 1999.