Dynamic Chiropractic - September 23, 1994, Volume 12, Issue 20

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REPORT OF MY FINDINGS -- "DC" Editor/Publisher Donald M. Petersen Jr. DCM -- A Final Look

The point/counterpoint between Drs. William Dallas and Gerard Clum regarding the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DCM) was presented to encourage academic debate and give the reader a chance to consider the issue. We hope such editorial stimulates you to think about how you want to see chiropractic position itself in health care. Now that the dust has settled on those two rounds of discussion, several points are clear.

RESEARCH -- Andrei Pikalov, MD, PhD Science -- What is it? Part I: Methodology of Scientific Investigations

The approach of this article is to consider science from the point of view of production, recording, transmission, use, and selection of scientific information. The final aim of this system's functioning is the production of adequate knowledge about objective reality.

Common Intrapelvic Soft Tissue Calcification

Intrapelvic calcifications are fairly common findings on AP lumbar views. Dr. Pate lists and illustrates some of the more frequent causes of calcification.

Return to Work

To any clinician who treats injured workers, one of the most important questions is at what point and under what circumstances should the patient be returned to the job. A patient returned to work too early may risk further injury or exacerbate the primary condition; a delayed return to work may also cause a variety of problems.

SPEAKING MY MIND -- Chester Wilk, DC Dealing with Consumer Reports, Orthopractors, and "20/20"

The overwhelming majority of traditional chiropractors are outraged and frustrated by the recent sensationalism and misrepresentation of chiropractic. There comes a time to speak out and "tell it like it is."

FINANCIAL FORUM -- Stanley Greenfield, RHU
Bill Solitaire

At the end of every month do you find yourself thumbing through all your bills trying to figure out what to pay now and which ones to put off until next month, or better yet next year? If you want to stop playing "Bill Solitaire" every month and don't enjoy this abuse, Mr. Greenfield has a plan for you.

Watch Out

The DC was very professional, and the patient was generally pleased with the treatment, but the patient had to admit he wasn't getting better. Sometimes he was worse.

COMMENTARY -- John Raymond Baker, DC
Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves. They visit us with silent torment and frustrations every day. At times, we feel like we are the only ones so afflicted. But sometimes when you share them with another doctor it brings not only a sense of relief but sometimes humor as well.


BOOK REVIEWS -- Keith Innes, DC, Stephen Savoie, DC Principles and Practice of Electrotherapy, 3rd Edition

The ethics of author Joseph Kahn, PhD, PT, and his text are beyond reproach. His is an extremely refreshing attitude in this day when overuse and abuse, for monetary reasons, is the normal procedure.

Hand Pain and Impairment, 4th Edition

It would seem unlikely there are practitioners who have not heard of Rene Cailliet, MD. Over the years he has produced a number of excellent books dealing with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, low back pain, neck and arm pain, and other subjects. Dr. Cailliet continues to provide those of us in the health professions with valuable tools for use in patient care.

How Safe Is Spinal Manipulation?

The safety and efficacy of spinal manipulation were addressed in a recent paper by RAND Corporation researcher Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD. A few points deserve to be quoted. These are particularly relevant in light of the recent criticisms chiropractic has received in the media.

AMA Finances in Serious Condition

The June 6-12, 1994 edition of Crain's Chicago Business says the AMA's finances are in trouble. The AMA is "sounding alarms over high operating expenses, investment losses and a prediction of another revenue drop for 1994."

TECHNOLOGY -- DCs James J. White, and Kendra Kaesberg-White Laser Therapy and Pain Relief

The ability of lasers to cut, cauterize and destroy tissue is well known. Lasers at lower powers can nonthermally and nondestructively alter cellular function. This phenomenon (laser biostimulation), is the basis for treating a variety of articular, neural and soft tissue conditions.

HEALTH CARE FACILITIES -- George Ronald Austin, DC, PhD Chiropractic and Hospitals, Part I

"The earliest known hospitals were built by Hindus in present-day Sri Lanka during the 5th century B.C. The first hospital in the Western Hemisphere was built in Santo Domingo in about 1503. Some 20 years later in Mexico City, Hernando Cortez built the oldest hospital still in existence in the Western Hemisphere."

THE IVORY TOWER REVIEW -- Joseph Keating Jr., PhD
Innate Intelligence: A Label for Our Ignorance

We "tend to invoke Innate Intelligence (II)... when we reach the boundaries of understanding," says Dr. Keating. "When we speak of II we refer to all that we do not understand, that is, to our ignorance. To say II is another way of saying, "We don't know."