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Dynamic Chiropractic – November 30, 1998, Vol. 16, Issue 25


By R. Vincent Davis, DC, PT, DNBPM
Editor's note: "Reflections" is Dr. Davis' final contribution to his physiatry column. Dr. Davis' physiatry column has graced the pages of DC for 10 years. On introducing Dr. Davis' column to readers on the front page of the July 15, 1988 issue, Dr. Petersen, the founding editor/publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic, wrote that "from his knowledge and experience, our readers will gain new and better ways to serve their patients."

Dr. Davis graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1957. He earned a PhD in 1961, a bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1968, and became a diplomate in the National Board of Physical Medicine Examiners (DNBPME) in 1971.

Thank you, Dr. Davis, for your many contributions to DC.

After many years of contributing to this periodical, I feel the time has come for me to step aside and allow someone from the future ranks to take up the torch and run with it. In my letter to the editor/publisher of DC, I asked that the next columnist chosen for this responsibility be selected for their allegiance to science, not philosophy. The license issued by the state of Missouri states that chiropractic is an "art and science" and nothing about a philosophy.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the profession in this capacity. I am pleased to have been allowed to contribute to the body of knowledge within this profession.

Following the death of my wife in 1990, I endured a period of time in which a complete sense of loss was profoundly a part of my very life. Fortunately, six years later God was kind enough to introduce another wonderful woman into my life. It is now my desire to devote much time to enjoying her presence and to retire from the health care field.

In reflecting upon my over 30 years in the healing arts, I have noticed a pronounced tendency toward financial interest and a respective lessening of interest in science relative to the general attitude of most of the current-day practitioners. This is a sad and serious shortcoming that reflects badly upon our teaching institutions. A major reason for considering discontinuing my column is that I have noticed a significant decrease in interest in columns which deal with a scientific mantra. Upon inquiring of some of the readership as to why this might be, I was told that they aren't interested in science and it is not a significant point of interest in chiropractic training.

In closing, you have my thanks and appreciation for allowing me to contribute to your educational process by means of this physiatry column. It is my genuine hope that I have contributed to your better understanding of this subject, and in doing so, that I may have provided for some insight on your part in the manner in which you manage your patient care. Each of you has my best wishes for health and happiness.

Via con deus.

R. Vincent Davis, DC, PT, PhD, DNBPM
Independence, Missouri

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