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Manitoba Chiropractors Association Luanches Lawsuit Against

Chiropractors are suing doctors. Or, rather, the Manitoba Chiropractors Association has just launched another lawsuit against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Having sued the doctors previously for defamation, in 1997 and 1998, the association is now suing the college for allegedly violating a secret agreement the two groups signed in 2003.

“Having sued the doctors previously for defamation, in 1997 and 1998, the association is now suing the college for allegedly violating a secret agreement the two groups signed in 2003.”

This lawsuit raises troubling ethical questions. But to come to grips with these questions requires some background information. 


First, underlying this imbroglio is a debate about scientific evidence. The association acknowledges that close to 99 per cent of Manitoba chiropractors practise spinal manipulations on a daily basis. They describe spinal manipulations as "a key component of chiropractic practice."


However, the college of physicians and surgeons has serious scientific reservations about the validity of the procedure, according to their submission in a 2017 report to an advisory council to the health minister.


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