Florida State needs an adjustment (chiropractic, that is)

Florida’s Constitution now insists that lawmakers keep their noses out of university programs, but that didn’t stop them from creating a chiropractic school, of all things, this year. Regrettably, the people who are supposed to oversee universities, the Board of Governors, did little more than vent their frustrations at their meeting last month.

The chiropractic school, fashioned for Florida State University, is largely the brainchild of a chiropractor, Sen. Dennis Jones, who has held influential positions in the Legislature. It would be the only such school on any university campus in the United States, a form of education that a 2000 FSU consultant’s report euphemistically called “unique.” But the proper role of universities in the teaching of alternative medicines is the least of the questions facing the governors board.

The Legislature’s $9-million chiropractic school appropriation is a direct affront to the board’s authority, which was duly noted in an animated dialogue on the subject. Zach Zachariah, a board member who is a Fort Lauderdale cardiologist and Republican fundraiser, was emphatic. “We have the authority,” he said. “In my opinion, there’s no question. We have to stand up.”

Instead, the board opted, on an 8-5 vote, to sit down – at least for now. Miguel DeGrandy, who is a former lawmaker, advised his colleagues: “I don’t think this is one where we want to cause a rift with the Legislature. We have to pick our fights carefully.”

Link (St. Petersburg Times)

11 Responses to “Florida State needs an adjustment (chiropractic, that is)”

  1. shaun says:

    Actually Bridgeport University has a chiropractic school as well. Florida state won’t be the only university in the country with one, although it will be the first state school. It would be a smart move for Florida state to have this program.

  2. The anti-university obsession of the American Medical Association and its self-serving establishment friends,is only astonishing in the gullibility – if not corruption – of the allies it brings to the cause. The opponents, in all other forms, discredit chiropractic because it lacks major universioty affiliation. It then goes before governments and uses the lack of university affiliation to discredit the profession. The action was found unlawful under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act ..the AMA being described as a predatory monopoly….the US Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. FSU could become in very few years a leading chiropractic world centre. The economic impact on Florida would be a minimum of $100 million..not to mention have valuable such a distinguished school would be for 100,000s of patients, and research.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You’ve got to be kidding. If Florida State University’s faculty and administration support this, they really can lay no serious claim to being a research university. If Florida State intends to absorb this into Sports Medicine or its medical school, have serious study of alternative treatnment, that is fine, but to offer an independent degree in Chiropractic Studies or Chiropractic Science would make Florida State a laughing stock among research universities. I’d be quite interested to know what faculty members with Ph.D.’s in fields such as biology and physiology think of offering an indendent degree in this field; perhaps Florida State is weak in the scientific field but I can’t imagine they would support it if they are serious researchers. Certainly, no self-respecting AAU member I know of would touch this with a ten foot pole! What’s next, the Florida State University School of Intelligent Design?

  4. Keith Charlton DC MPhil PhD (cand) says:

    This debate is somewhat Amerocentric in its claims. Although the profession began in the US, there are many universities worldwide with chiropractic programs. In Australia we have ROyal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Melbourne, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Murdoch University in Perth. There are porograms in the UK, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and Denmark, as well as in other places, all within the government funded tertiary sector. My US brethren are now behind the rest of the world in this sense. Medical political cant hampers good public health. Surgery, psychiatry and many other medical fields have epistemological underpinnings vastly more frial than chiropractic. Why is this not part of the debate about FSU and the new medical school there? FSU could really do magical things for spine science and the public good if it could accept that the history of science is replete with value laden judgements about the nature of a given science (they might ask their new masters program people in the history and philosophy of science about Sir Isaac Newton and the formation fo the Royal Society, for a start). I hope intellectual probity and following academic vigour follow further consideration of the chiropractic issue at FSU. It could be a gift horse for a good university.

  5. Phil Nash says:

    Degrees in Chiropractic are best left to the diploma mills, and purpose built colleges like ‘Palmer’, where students who sign up know they are definately NOT doing a science based course of study. FSU would effectively cease to be a credible research facility if they even loosely attached this witch-doctory to proper schools of medicine or science.

  6. Jeff Burbank says:

    I hope the national public relation campaign will educate the masses….There is research out there about Chiropractic you just have to read. Just imagine the people that they could help in the future with research that could come out of FSU.

  7. Jeff Burbank says:

    A diss on our classes at school is a diss on MD school due to the fact that I take the same course as an MD. SO what is your poin again?

  8. ScottRussell says:

    It’s been reported that Bridgport Univ. is financially supported by the Rev. Moon.

  9. Soon to be Chiro. student... says:

    Why would “mainstream” medical professionals fight against a college of Chiropractic medicine at a state university? Is it money? Is it competition? Why would people charged with the oath of patient care look away from a form of patient care which can be beneficial to the patient….why because we choose not to over prescribe or over diagnose our patients. Chiropractic medicine and its philosophy have a legitimate claim in the medical field and I applaud the effort by FSU in their effort, not in the final decision however, to break a barrier which should have been broken down decades ago.

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