Just a short note to say that I applaud Joseph C. Keating, Jr., Ph.D. for his brave denouncement of quackery in our chiropractic ranks ...(He) echoes what a majority of chiropractors must surely feel when they see questionable claims by chiropractor-salesmen ... Couldn't ("DC") make an extra effort in the future to heed Dr. Keating's wise words and refuse access to the mountebanks among us?
Thomas Linsday, D.C.
RHT Meets Frankenstein
Your review of One Cause, One Cure, the recent release by Fred Barge, D.C. has gone and done it ... you mention few novels evoke as much fear in the reader as does One cause, One Cure ... Frankenstein ... and the story of Dracula ... were your comparisons. How interesting your comparisons are when you consider that intervention and man's tampering of the natural order is the very cause against which chiropractic has so tenaciously fought its battle ... The fear you experienced as you read One Cause: What was its provocation? Did you, perhaps, for a fleeting moment see the picture of where intervention is taking us? I would doubt that you would admit such insight at this point.
William E. Tickel, D.C.
Cutting the Fat
The 1992 federal budget proposal for the HEAL program portends a bleak picture for chiropractic students and colleges ... Those of us that graduated from prestigious universities in difficult curricula can better appreciate how ineffectual and artificially inflated the chiropractic course of study was, and yet the indebtedness graduating chiropractic students suffer is comparable to the $41,000 average incurred by medical students.
Years of experience have shown me that dogmatism and popularity are much better indicators of business success in chiropractic than education and ability. Chiropractic colleges should be sensitive to this fact and cut the substantial fat from their curricula.
The typical course of study should be eight to ten intensified quarters with mandatory attendance. Students should graduate with no more than $20,000 in student loan debt.
William H. Culbert, Jr., D.C.