The Leading Edge Research Symposium of 1984: Early Attempt to Achieve Consensus on Subluxation

June 2014
Chiropractic History;Summer2014, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p32
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The Distinguished Advisory Council of the Academy for Research in the Chiropractic Sciences convened in St. Louis, 1984 September 13-16, for the Leading Edge Research Symposium. I attended this symposium and wrote this account, first published in Lifelines, the student newspaper of Life West, 1984 December. Attended by approximately 100 people, the ostensible conference goal was to share research among many of the leading proprietary technique systems and a few independent researchers of the day. Moderator John Stiga, my instructor at Life West, established the more specific goal: "Focus on the biomechanical components of subluxation, on technique, and on research directions . . . [seek] a common, universal language, one that we can share with engineers, orthopedic surgeons, and so on, so as to open lines of communication." He expected a common definition of subluxation to be sent out for endorsement by other organizations, including the International Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Among the conference chiropractic presenters were Lasca Hospers, Glenn Stillwagon, Fred Barge, J. Clay Thompson, John Reid, Lowell Ward, Burl Pettibon, I.N. Toftness, Roy Sweat, Milton Morter, Henri Gillet, and Steve Johnson. Invited non-chiropractic speakers included Murray Goldstein (Assistant Surgeon General, National Institute of Health), Ronald W. Pero (researcher. University of Lund and Sloan- Kettering), and John deCani, (statistician, Wharton School). The common definition of subluxation that was announced (without encountering much enthusiasm) was essentially Pettibon's "Distance times Resistance equals Subluxation."


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