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Planned Chiropractic Merger Riles Faculty

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Science  19 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5405, pp. 1099
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5405.1099

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OTTAWA, CANADA-- Scientists at York University in Toronto are fighting a planned affiliation between the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and York, Canada's third largest university, arguing that the link would hurt the university's academic reputation. Last May, York's governing senate approved in principle a plan to offer an undergraduate degree in chiropractics, a field that relies on spinal manipulation, rather than drugs or surgery, to treat disease and improve health. The heated debate could come to a boil next month at a meeting of the faculty senate, which may be asked to convene an outside expert panel to examine the scientific merits of chiropractics.