British science writer Simon Singh is no fan of chiropractors. In fact, he thinks the vast majority of what they do is pure quackery, and he spends a fair chunk of his book Trick or Treatment? making that abundantly clear. Spinal adjustments that can alleviate a range of ailments? Pshaw, says Singh (as does Microkhan).
The British Chiropractic Association has taken great exception to Singh’s attacks, and is now suing him for libel. In a delicious twist straight out of that Simpsons episode guest starring Stephen Jay Gould, the trial may very well establish whether chiropractors are considered bona fide in the eyes of British law. If Singh wins out, this could rank as an epic legal blunder on par with William Jennings Bryant’s involvement in the Scopes Monkey Trial.
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